Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after comments that prompted Joe Root to say ‘there’s nothing wrong with being gay’

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Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after comments that prompted Joe Root to say 'there's nothing wrong with being gay'

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The 30-year-old’s remarks were not audible but it has prompted a response from the governing body

Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the International Cricket Council for his comments made during the third Test against England.

Gabriel was warned by the umpires for what he said during an exchange with England captain Joe Root on the third day in St Lucia.

Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the ICC

The 30-year-old’s words were not audible but the stump microphone picked up Root saying “don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay”.

An ICC statement read: “Shannon Gabriel has been charged with a breach Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

“The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe. Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC will not comment further.”

Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel shake hands after the third Test

Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel shake hands after the third Test

The ECB made no further comment on the matter but did release a statement earlier in the day to talkSPORT.

The a spokesman for the ECB said: “There were a number of words exchanged on the field between Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root.

“Gabriel was warned about his abusive language by the on-field umpries and was referred to match referee Jeff Crowe.

“The match officials did not hear anything under the ICC’s anti-racism code. Crowe was satisfied it was dealt with on the field at the time by the umpires.

“Joe reiterated to me that he does not want and feels it unnecessary to take it further.

“We offered a measured response to media on the ground last night at close from Joe.

“That response was: ‘It’s Test cricket, he (Gabrel) is 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’s a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he’s had a wonderful series and he should be proud. I don’t want anything said in the middle to ruin what’s been a good Test series for him and his team.”

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