The United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has supported comments of the secretary of the UK cultural ministry, Oliver Dowden, that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to suspend fast bowler Ollie Robinson from international cricket pending an investigation was ‘over the top’.
Ollie Robinson, who made an impressive debut for England in the recent Lord’s Test against New Zealand, picking 7 wickets and playing an important 42-run knock, was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board after some racist and offensive tweets made by him in 2012 and 2013 when he was 18 years old resurfaces during his first Test match.
Prime Minister Is Supportive Of The Comments From Oliver Dowden’s Comments That ECB Should Rethink The Over The Top Suspension Of Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson so far has apologized profusely for his tweets that were made almost a decade ago and took responsibility for his actions and admitted his mistake. The ECB announced that Robinson won’t be available for the second Test against New Zealand and will leave the England camp to join his county Sussex.
However, the Secretary of State for the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), Oliver Dowden found the actions of the ECB to be ‘over the top’ and that the cricket board should rethink the punishment.
“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,” Dowden 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 apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) June 7, 2021
Furthermore, his comments received support from none other than the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson.
“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,” Johnson’s official spokesperson said.
England will take on New Zealand in the second Test of the series in Edgbaston from June 10 onwards.