Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Shannon Gabriel charged for homophobic remark; Joe Root hailed for his response

Shannon Gabriel charged for homophobic remark; Joe Root hailed for his response

Root's comments were picked up via the television stump mics, while Gabriel's part was not audible.

"Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field", Root said.

The incident was dealt with at the time by the on-field umpires but Gabriel was charged the following day after the footage received widespread attention.

Stonewall, a leading UK LGBT equality charity, had earlier led the plaudits for Root's calm response to Gabriel in the heat of battle.

Gabriel was charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match.

Although, it is not yet clear what exactly Gabriel said, the umpires stepped in and spoke with the big fast bowler.

According to The Telegraph, Gabriel apologised to Root at the end of the third Test on Wednesday when England had won the match.

Joe Root's reaction during a heated incident with Shannon Gabriel has been lauded as "more important than a victory". However, Gabriel had not been named in the squad announced last week for the first two matches.

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it".

Following the close of play, England's current skipper was asked to explain the tussle with Gabriel.

"I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry", Gabriel said in a statement.

"I think it is fair to say that neither of us ever expected the issue to escalate to the point that it has".

"There's no room for homophobia on or off the cricket pitch which is why I applaud what Joe Root did".

"I think [stump mics] should be down".

"With the addition of these three [latest] demerit points, he has reached the threshold of eight demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have been converted into four suspension points", the ICC said.

'Above all else Joe Root did in this game, and he batted and captained brilliantly, nothing was as powerful as the words he spoke on the third afternoon, ' Hussain told the Daily Mail.

West Indies have a five-match home ODI series against England, beginning on February 20 in Barbados.

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