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'Nothing wrong with being gay' - Joe Root

14 Февраля 2019

Shannon Gabriel has given his account of his third-Test exchange with Joe Root, with the West Indies bowler offering an "unreserved apology" to the England team and their captain as well as his own team-mates.

The bowler was rebuked by Root for the remarks, with the England player widely praised for telling him: "Don't use it as an insult".

'His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: "Don't use it as an insult".

After the incident, Root said: "You're playing Test cricket, people will look at this game as a dead rubber but it certainly doesn't feel like that when you're playing for your country - everything counts, every opportunity counts".

"I now know that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry".

Gabriel was charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match.

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Root was on his way to a 16th Test century when the incident occurred.

"I think I owe it to them (friends and well-wishers) and to all supporters of West Indies cricket to provide an accurate record of what happened", he wrote in the statement. "I think you should leave it there". England Cricket club has said no further action will be taken. Mims Davies, the Tory MP and minister for sport and civil society, posted: "YES @root66 What a Leader, Ambassador and HUGE RESPECT for doing the absolute right thing to properly call this out!" This is the spirit in which I offer the following.

At the time of the West Indies' squad being announced, chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said: "Shannon Gabriel remains very much in our World Cup plans but with a heavy workload expected in the Test series he will be considered for selection later in the ODI series".

West Indies coach Richard Pybus was unaware of any potential controversy at close of play, but told the BBC: "Nothing has been reported to me but if a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it".

He has reached the threshold of eight demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have been converted into four suspension points.

Gabriel has not featured for the one-day side since December 2017 and was not initially included in the squad for the upcoming five-match series.

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