Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after alleged homophobic row with Joe RootFebruary 12, 2019
FAST bowler Shannon Gabriel has been charged for using offensive language in his homophobic bust-up with Joe Root.
The charge was laid by the umpires and a hearing will be conducted by match referee Jeff Crowe.
A verdict and any punishment is expected on Wednesday.
Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker initially said they heard nothing homophobic and Crowe insisted Gabriel would not be charged, but that has changed.
Gabriel has been charged under section 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct which covers “language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature.”
The stump mic picked up Root, who was batting with Joe Denly on day three of the Third Test, saying in response to comments from Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
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Root refused to reveal what Gabriel said although England’s captain did admit Gabriel “might regret” his words.
So far, no audio of Gabriel’s comments has emerged.
Root has received widespread praise for his reaction to the apparent taunting from Gabriel.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain tweeted: “I don’t know who said what to whom…but boy do I applaud Joe Root’s reaction here.
“For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a Test hundred or possible victory.”
Michael Vaughan, another ex-England captain, struck a similar tone, tweeting: “Proud of @root66 for the player & captain he has become but more proud of what he stood up for yesterday…What he did was worth more than any win or hundred than he will ever achieve!!”
Root said whatever was said on the field should remain on the field.
Of Gabriel, he said: “He’s an emotional guy trying everything to win a Test match. Sometimes people say things on the field they might regret, but they should stay on the field. I don’t want anything said in the middle to ruin what’s been a good Test series for him and his team.”
Gabriel is from Trinidad, where homosexuality was decriminalised only last year. It remains illegal here in St.Lucia and several other Caribbean islands.