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Windies Cricketer Gets Four-Match Ban For Alleged Homophobic Comment

14 February 2019

Root, in response, was heard by the Sky Sports microphones saying: "Don't use it as an insult".

Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies fast bowler, has been given a four-match suspension by the ICC for his use of an apparently homophobic remark directed towards Joe Root in the St Lucia Test. Gabriel, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was fined 75% of his match fee and received three demerit points, pushing him over the threshold for a ban.

Gabriel has been charged under article 2.13 of the ICC code of conduct covering directing "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature". "Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC will not comment further".

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Gabriel was not included in the initial squad for the five ODIs against England but the Windies had made it clear he would be added after a brief rest period and meant to call up the 30-year-old as injury cover for Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it".

Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena had a word with Gabriel soon after.

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"It's Test cricket, he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field", he said.

Steve Davies, the former England wicketkeeper who came out as gay in 2011, applauded Root's stance on Twitter.

A statement from the ICC said: "During the third day of the St Lucia Test against England on Monday, Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC code of conduct. which relates to "personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an worldwide match", following an incident with Root. The battle was a good contest". He's had a wonderful series and he should be proud. "You have responsibility to go about things in a certain manner on the field and it felt appropriate to act how I did".

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West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, speaking at close of play, told BBC Radio's Test Match Special: "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".

Windies Cricketer Gets Four-Match Ban For Alleged Homophobic Comment