Britain’s Culture and Sport Secretary Oliven Dodden said Monday that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has imposed a severe punishment for suspending Ollie Robinson for racist and sexist tweets posted in 2012. Robinson, an England pacer, has been suspended from international cricket on Sunday for investigating discriminatory tweets against teenagers.
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Doden said Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong. “Plus he’s a decade old and he wrote it in his teens,” he said. Those teenagers are now human and have taken the right step, they apologized. The ECB has exceeded the limit by suspending them and they should reconsider it. Dodden is the Secretary of Culture, Sports, Media and Digital in the UK Government. He has been an MP from Heartsmeyer since 2015.
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Last Wednesday, some old tweets surfaced on the first day of Robinson’s Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s. However, Robinson performed spectacularly on the field, picking up seven wickets in the match. Robinson, 27, apologized after the first day of play, saying he was having a difficult time in his life when he made these racist tweets at the age of 18. Despite the apology, the ECB suspended him after the first Test and initiated disciplinary proceedings against him. Robinson will not be available for the second Test against New Zealand in Edgbaston starting Thursday.