Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Gabriel banned for alleged homophobic comment

Gabriel banned for alleged homophobic comment

Stump microphones had picked up Root's "there is nothing wrong with being gay" comment, but Gabriel's original remark remains unknown. "There's nothing wrong with being gay", Root appeared to say, before turning his back on the fiery quick.

Root received praise for his response to Gabriel, made in the process of compiling a century, with fellow sportsmen, politicians and LGBT equality charity Stonewall all applauding his stance.

He is likely to return in time for the final match of the series.

A statement Wednesday said Gabriel had accepted the charge laid by on-field umpires and the proposed sanction.

Although supportive of Gabriel, Cricket West Indies is understood to be comfortable with the application of the rules in this instance, provided the zero tolerance approach is applied across the board in future.

As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did.

'The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides, ' the England captain said.


England's travelling supporters in the Caribbean had the flawless riposte for West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel after he allegedly aimed a homophobic slur at Joe Root during the third Test.

Last month, Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed landed in trouble after a seemingly racist comment he made to South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the broadcast stump mics and discussed by the commentators. "I think it should stay on the field".

While it remains unclear what Gabriel said, Root's reaction earned him plaudits on social media.

"It's Test cricket and he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

'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.

The West Indies cricketer is accused of breaching Article 2.13, which involves "directing language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature" at a player or official. "The battle was a good contest".

"For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a test hundred or possible victory".

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