Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Shannon Gabriel charged by the International Cricket Council for alleged homophobic insult

Shannon Gabriel charged by the International Cricket Council for alleged homophobic insult

Root was on his way to a 16th Test century when he responded to an outburst from Gabriel by telling the Windies paceman 'don't use it as an insult... there's nothing wrong with being gay'. "There is nothing wrong with being gay".

During day 3 of the test match between England and West Indies, seamer Shannon Gabriel directed a homophobic comment towards Joe Root.

The England captain added that the bowler is "a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is".

Gabriel was later charged with breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct.

In the session post lunch, Gabriel got involved in multiple altercations with Joe Root and Joe Denly and words were exchanged.

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'Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field. "You have responsibility to go about things in a certain manner on the field and it felt appropriate to act how I did".

'West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker reportedly warned Gabriel about his language, but no further action has been taken.

Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct prohibits the use of language that is "insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature at any player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match".

Root himself has not publicly stated what Gabriel said to him and after the end of the third Test - which England won by 232 runs - he said he did not want to incident to overshadow the series.

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Gabriel's remark was not audible to television viewers but according to Sky Sports the England captain was heard replying to the bowler: "Don't use it as an insult".

"That battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud".

West Indies' coach Richard Pybus said he was not aware of what transpired but promised to address the issue if anything "untoward" was said.

Former England wicketkeeper Steven Davies, who came out as gay in 2011, wrote on Twitter: "There is no room in the game for any form of discrimination...."

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