England bowler Ollie Robinson suspended for eight matches for past racist and sexist tweets

Robinson scored 42 runs in his one innings against New Zealand and returned match figures of 7-101. Ollie Robinson, England's fast bowler, is allowed to resume playing cricket immediately after being banned for eight matches due to historical racist and sexist comments. After missing the second Test against New Zealand, and two T20 Blast matches with the Sussex Sharks, five games of the ban have been suspended for two years. Three have already been served. While making his England debut in the drawn Test against New Zealand in June, the 27-year old posted posts from 2012 and 2013. The Cricket Discipline Commission, an independent panel, made the decision. It adjudicated on England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules and also fined Robinson 3200. Robinson said, "I accept the CDC’s decision." "I am extremely embarrassed and ashamed of the tweets that I posted many years back and I apologise without reservation for their contents," said Robinson. "I deeply regret the pain I caused anyone who saw those tweets, and especially to those to whom they were offensive. This was the most difficult period in my professional life for my family as well as me. "While I am ready to move on, my goal is to share my knowledge with others through the PCA [players' body the Professional Cricketers Association]. Robinson is a "very different person" Robinson was suspended for the second Test against New Zealand. He took a short break and resumed action at the end of June, playing for Sussex Sharks in a T20 Blast match against Gloucestershire. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Boris Johnson stated that he supports Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden's assertion that the ECB had "gone too far" in suspending him. He should "think again". Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash claimed that the Prime Minister's intervention in the matter was unwelcome and that he was trying to exert undue influence. Michael Carberry, an England Test player who played six matches between 2010-2014, stated that Robinson "wouldn’t be playing Test cricket" if he could. He also said: "I don’t believe this is a problem where it's possible to rehabilitate somebody." The CDC stated that it considered "the nature and contents of the tweets and their spread in the media, their discrimination and their popularity, as well as their accessibility to a large audience". It also stated that it considered "significant mitigation", including the time between Robinson's tweets and Robinson's 18-year-old age. Robinson was also invited to address the panel. The panel found Robinson to be "a very distinct person from the one who sent those tweets". The CDC "also considered his remorse and admissions, cooperation, as well as the enormous impact that the revelation of these tweets has had on him and his family." "Ollie acknowledged that, while he published a long ago when he was a youth man, these historic Tweets were unacceptable," stated Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB. "He has fully participated in the disciplinary procedure, admitted the charges and has been sanctioned by the CDC. He will continue training and share his experience to assist others. "We oppose discrimination in all forms and will continue to work to make cricket a welcoming sport for all." Rob Lynch, chief executive of PCA, stated that the "learnings" from the past month would be used to "further develop and evolve our education programs in social media" and to continue the organization's "ongoing commitment towards equality diversity and inclusion". Lynch stated that Robertson has grown significantly since the tweets were posted and has made a strong commitment to improving his life. "I'm glad Ollie offered to help the PCA so that I could use his experience to positively influence other players in our sport and society."

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