LANCASHIRE County Cricket Club has launched an ‘immediate investigation’ after discriminatory historic tweets on a number of of its players’ accounts got here to gentle, the Lancashire Telegraph can completely reveal.
More than 50 tweets, relationship again to 2011, had been discovered to include racist, homophobic, anti-disability or misogynistic content material.
The offending materials was posted on the accounts of Darwen-born Alex Davies, 26, Liam Hurt, Luke Wells, Josh Bohannon and Richard Gleeson a number of years in the past however the tweets had been eliminated after the membership was contacted by the Lancashire Telegraph.
Davies, Hurt and Bohannon had been all below 18 when the tweets had been posted however that they had been left on their accounts till this week.
The Lancashire Telegraph has screenshots of the tweets however has chosen to not publish them due to their offensive nature.
Daniel Gidney, chief government at Lancashire Cricket, mentioned: “Lancashire Cricket strongly condemns the usage of any discriminatory language or behaviour by any member of the membership’s players or workers at any time limit.
“We abhor all types of discrimination which, as a membership, we discover completely unacceptable.
“We are at the moment enterprise a direct overview and investigation and the related data has been referred to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“We will respond in due course, but the club won’t be making any further comment at this time.”
The investigation comes after the nationwide controversy relating to England cricketer Ollie Robinson who made his Test debut final week.
Robinson, 27, was found to have made a lot of sexist and racist remarks on the social media platform in 2012 and 2013 when he was 18 and 19. He was subsequently suspended by the ECB after taking seven wickets within the recreation towards New Zealand.
Dragging out decade-old racist and sexist tweets by a younger man making his approach within the recreation was unjust, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden mentioned.
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong,” he tweeted. “They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, led an echoing refrain in assist of Robinson conserving his place within the crew.
But others commentators mentioned Robinson ought to have been made an instance of.
In the Lancashire players’ tweets, many referred to females in a derogatory approach, prompting group Stump Out Sexism, which campaigns for equality within the recreation of cricket, to label them “abhorrent”.
Roisin McCallion, co-founder of Stump Out Sexism, mentioned: “The tweets in query are undeniably totally abhorrent and really clearly spotlight the pertinence of sexism in our society.
“The open sexualisation of and discrimination in direction of girls has been accepted as commonplace for much too lengthy.
“Whilst we proceed to dismiss this as nothing greater than ‘banter’ and fail to interact in conversations in regards to the underlying points, we’ll by no means see the issue addressed.
“If that is thought of acceptable exterior of the dressing room and sporting contexts, there may be little shock that we see it proceed into the sport.
“If we actually want to stump out sexism in cricket, we additionally have to work on tackling sexism in broader society: acknowledge there’s a drawback and educate males and boys on why there isn’t a place for this sort of language at any time.”
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