By Ron Howells • 03 July 2021 • 11:26
England fast bowler Ollie Robinson has been hit with an eight-match ban for historical racist and sexist tweets – however, five are suspended and three are served meaning he can play immediately.
The 27-year-old’s posts from 2012 and 2013 came to light while he was making his England debut in the drawn first Test against New Zealand in June.
The decision was made by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC), an independent panel that adjudicated on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rules and also fined Robinson £3,200 – €3,728.61.
“I fully accept the CDC’s decision,” said Robinson. “As I have said previously, I am incredibly embarrassed and ashamed about the tweets I posted many years ago and apologise unreservedly for their contents.
“I am deeply sorry for the hurt I caused to anyone who read those tweets and in particular to those people to whom the messages caused offence. This has been the most difficult time in my professional career for both my family and myself.
“Whilst I want to move on, I do want to use my experience to help others in the future through working with [players’ body] the PCA.”
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