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Cricket: The Ollie Robinson Tweets – Another Point of View!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The ECB suspension of England pace bowler, Ollie Robinson, for his historical racist and sexist tweets, pending an investigation, has drawn some critical comments from Oliver Dowden, the UK Culture Secretary.

He regards the suspension as being “over the top” and has asked the ECB to “think again” and has commented as follows:

Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong. They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”

The former England Captain, David Gower, agreeing with Dowden, has remarked as follows:

The ECB should say ‘let’s learn from this’ and make him do the equivalent of community service.”

And added:

He should go out there among county cricketers and spread the word that social media shouldn’t be abused.”

Perhaps we should give the last word to the present England Captain, Joe Root, who has stated as follows:

It’s a lesson to everyone in the game ….. [and] more has to be done, that continued education and learning about how to behave in society and within our sport ….. to make the game as inclusive and diverse as we possibly can …..”

Let us hope that wise counsels prevail in this sad affair!

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