Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODI matches after homophobic barb towards Joe Root

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Shannon Gabriel BANNED for four games as West Indian fast bowler accepts ICC charge over homophobic comments he made to England captain Joe Root

Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four matches of the West Indies’ one-day international series with England after accepting the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct charge against him.

The bowler allegedly used the derogatory phrase ‘b**** boy’ during an on-field spat with England captain Joe Root during this week’s third Test in Saint Lucia.

The use of the term prompted Root to say ‘don’t use that as an insult, there’s nothing wrong with being gay’ in response to Gabriel shortly after lunch on Monday. 

Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four matches of the West Indies' one-day international series with England after accepting an ICC charge over an alleged homophobic comment

Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four matches of the West Indies' one-day international series with England after accepting an ICC charge over an alleged homophobic comment

Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four matches of the West Indies’ one-day international series with England after accepting an ICC charge over an alleged homophobic comment

Gabriel (left) was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language in the third Test

Gabriel (left) was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language in the third Test

Gabriel (left) was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language in the third Test

West Indies fast bowler Gabriel was involved in a verbal exchange with  England's Joe Root

West Indies fast bowler Gabriel was involved in a verbal exchange with  England's Joe Root

West Indies fast bowler Gabriel was involved in a verbal exchange with  England’s Joe Root

Sky Sports footage of the incident showed Root telling Gabriel: 'Don't use that as an insult'

Sky Sports footage of the incident showed Root telling Gabriel: 'Don't use that as an insult'

Sky Sports footage of the incident showed Root telling Gabriel: ‘Don’t use that as an insult’

Root (right) responded quickly to the abuse, shutting Gabriel down with his reply

Root (right) responded quickly to the abuse, shutting Gabriel down with his reply

Root (right) responded quickly to the abuse, shutting Gabriel down with his reply

The ICC charged Gabriel, 30, with a breach of their code of conduct for homophobic abuse and the player has now accepted this.

Gabriel has also been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for the third Test and handed three demerit points, taking his total to eight – enough to be banned for either four ODIs or one Test.  

A statement released by the ICC on Wednesday read: ‘Windies player Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for the first four One Day Internationals of an upcoming five-match series against England.

‘Gabriel’s accumulated demerit points reached eight within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points.

‘During the third day of the St Lucia Test against England on Monday, Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match’, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.

‘Gabriel admitted the offence after the end of the match on Tuesday and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.’ 

England captain Joe Root shakes hands with Gabriel following the conclusion of the third Test

England captain Joe Root shakes hands with Gabriel following the conclusion of the third Test

England captain Joe Root shakes hands with Gabriel following the conclusion of the third Test

Speaking about the incident during the Test, Root said: Root said: ‘As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. I just did what I thought was right.

‘They’re a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.

‘As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. I just did what I thought was right.’ 

On-field officials Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena had until 24 hours after the flashpoint to take action.

They reported at the close of play on Monday that they had dealt with the issue with a warning for the use of abusive language, but went back on that decision on Tuesday. 

England travelling supporters in the Caribbean had the perfect riposte to Gabriel when he came out to bat on Tuesday.

The Barmy Army sang ‘YMCA’ by the Village People and other gay anthems including ‘It’s Raining Men’ by The Weather Girls, ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme (a man after midnight)’ by ABBA and ‘A Little Respect’ by Erasure.   

 

 

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