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ECB assessing next step as offensive tweets from unnamed player emerge

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ngland are assessing how to manage the emergence of offensive tweets posted by an unnamed player when he was just 15.

His posts were condemned by captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood, who urged the need for greater support.

Both men claimed the ECB have been over the top in their punishment, even though no formal sanction will be handed down until after the investigation into Robinson, which will seek to assess whether he breached contract in 2012, when the tweets were sent, or now.

Robinson cannot play for England until further notice, but is available to play for Sussex in the Vitality Blast this week, although his county may decide to keep him out of the line of fire.

On Monday, it emerged that a second “current England men’s player” had posted offensive tweets some years ago, although wisden.com — who published the tweets — chose not to name the sender, because he was under the age of 16 when they were sent. Robinson, by contrast, was a young adult when he posted his.

This leaves the ECB, who are keen for a zero-tolerance policy on such matters, in a difficult situation, as the player was a minor at the time. They are assessing what the next step is.

An ECB spokesperson on Monday told Wisden: “It has been brought to our attention that an England player has posted historic offensive material on their social media account. We are looking into it and will make a further comment in due course.”


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