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Another historic racist tweet posted by current England player emerges

Ben Gardner by Ben Gardner
@Ben_Wisden 2 minute read

Another racist tweet posted by a current England player has emerged, hours after Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket while an investigation into offensive tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013 is conducted.

Wisden.com have chosen to obscure the identity of the player, who had yet to turn 16 at the time. The screenshotted post, with identifying details blanked out, is below.

The tweet raises further questions over the ECB’s vetting processes, with Robinson having posted several tweets in 2012 and 2013 which went undiscovered until his Test debut. Before day one of the first Test, the England team partook in a Moment of Unity, standing against discrimination in all forms.

An ECB spokesperson said: “It has been brought to our attention that an England player has posted historic offensive material on their social media account. We are looking into it and will make a further comment in due course.”

Speaking today, Chris Silverwood spoke of how the England team were all “striving to be better” in the fight against discrimination.

“The big thing for us all is education,” he said. “We are all striving to be better, none of us are perfect, and we all need to make sure we are learning all the time. We can make sure the world is a better place. Most importantly, we can work hard to ensure that this great game is inclusive for everybody and there’s no form of discrimination whatsoever.

“We are in that position now [of being in public eye]. I will go back to education. We can make a difference, and we hold positions where we can do that, and continually strive to do that. We all get things wrong at times. It’s what we do and how we act. That’s where the education comes in. The will is as professional cricketers and staff is to make it an inclusive environment. We need to learn how to do that, and make this game available to everybody.”


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