Evening Standard Comment: The ECB is right to suspend Ollie Robinson | Don’t boo the knee

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The English Cricket Board is right

The England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended Ollie Robinson from the international game pending an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets, which appeared as he made his debut at Lord’s last week.

The messages posted by Robinson aged 18 and 19 were hugely offensive. Racism and misogyny have no place in society. Robinson has rightly apologised for the tweets, which were posted eight years ago and only came to light in the past few days.

To date, there is no evidence he still holds those opinions. People deserve a chance to show not only contrition but also that they have changed. We think the suspension appropriate but also that it should be short-lived given his fulsome apologies.

Oliver Dowden has now waded in and said the ban is “over the top”. An unnecessary bit of public political meddling in our view when the ECB should be allowed to make their own judgments without government intervention.

The Culture Secretary could have given this view privately. We trust the ECB to make the right decision.

Don’t boo the knee

These revelations are, however, further evidence of the porous wall that exists between sport and society. This is becoming ever clearer in the argument surrounding England footballers taking the knee.

We acknowledge that some players have noted their discomfort with that particular form of protest, while others question the validity of directly importing a gesture from US sport.

Yet the England manager and players have explained what the protest means to them and why they are doing it — to take a stand against racism.

At this stage, to boo them before a match is discourteous, counter-productive and wrong.

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