British PM Boris Johnson supports Oliver Dowden remarks regarding Ollie Robinson suspension
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson along with culture and sports secretary Oliver Dowden, wants to reconsider Ollie Robinson suspension for his racist tweets
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson on Monday, June 7, said the PM is supportive of the culture and sports secretary’s remarks that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should reconsider the suspension of England pacer Ollie Robinson for posting racist and sexist tweets back in 2012. Robinson was suspended from international cricket after the conclusion of the first Test, Robinson’s debut Test match.
Oliver Dowden, the UK government’s secretary for culture, sports, digital, and media, said the ECB has gone over the top in its punishment of Robinson and should think again.
Oliver Dowden took to Twitter to express his views. Here is what he Tweeted-
“Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong.
They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologized. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”
Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong.
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.
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) June 7, 2021
On Monday, Johnson’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister is supportive of the comments from Oliver Dowden that he made via tweet this morning.
“As Oliver Dowden set out, these were comments made more than a decade ago written by someone as a teenager, for which they’ve rightly apologized.”
Robinson was suspended from international cricket until the ECB ordered investigation is concluded. Robinson is allowed to play for his county team Sussex. On the day of Robinson’s international debut, June 2, Tweets that he made eight years ago (racist and sexiest in nature) were made public.
At the close of the first day’s play, the 27-year-old Robinson apologized and said he was going through a difficult period in his life when he posted the racist tweets as an 18-year-old.
“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.” said Robinson.
A statement from the ECB said: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.
“He will not be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county.”
Former England captain David Gower also thought the penalty was harsh while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin felt sorry for Robinson’s suspension.
Robinson in his debut Test match, which ended in a draw, took a total of seven wickets (four in first innings and three in second) giving away 101 runs. He scored 42 crucial runs when England was reduced to 140 for six wickets, stitching a partnership of 63 with Rory Burns. Robinson is unavailable for the second Test against New Zealand, which starts on June 10-14 at Edgbaston on Thursday.