ECB to carry out social media review amid controversy over historical tweets

By Sports Desk June 12, 2021

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has pledged to conduct a review into how players use social media, as well as providing further education on their responsibilities.

Ollie Robinson is currently suspended while under investigation following the discovery of historic messages of a racist and sexist nature that had been posted on his Twitter account.

The 27-year-old made his Test debut in the series opener against New Zealand but issued an apology following play on day one at Lord's after posts – which were made in 2012 and 2013 - had been highlighted.

Other England players have also seen previous tweets spotlighted since, with further disciplinary action a possibility against individuals.

The ECB's investigation will also include administrators and coaches, with the governing body hopeful the game can "emerge from this difficult period stronger".

"The board agreed to the executive's recommendation for a social media review to address any historical issues, remind individuals of their personal responsibilities going forward, and help them learn lessons along the way," an ECB statement read.

"The board was clear that this process would not prevent further disciplinary action in the future, should that be required, under the applicable processes, but it is hoped that the game can emerge from this difficult period stronger and determined to be more inclusive and welcoming to all."

Ian Watmore, the chair of the ECB, added: "As the national governing body, we must steer a path between helping individuals project an inclusive image, educating them on what is expected of them and allowing them the space to express themselves to the public.

"We must also investigate their actions and sanction them when they fall short. The board was unanimous in support of the executive in the actions taken by them in the last week and agrees with their plans to move the game forward in a spirit of inclusion, education and personal responsibility, whilst addressing those cases which cause most offence head on."

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