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Friday 18 April 2014

Irish cricket star banned from Pakistan game after ‘offensive’ Thatcher tweet

John Mooney has deleted Monday's tweets and apologised
John Mooney has deleted Monday's tweets and apologised

THE Irish cricket player John Mooney has been banned from the one-day international against Pakistan next following his tweets after the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Cricket Ireland "severely reprimanded" Mooney for the tweet in which he hoped that the former UK Prime Minister's death had been "slow and painful".

The 31-year-old will also be banned for two inter-provincial matches.

He will be available for selection for the second game against Pakistan on 26 May.

Mooney quickly apologised for his tweets after the controversy broke, admitting that they had been "offensive".

However, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom described the comments as "crass, insensitive and offensive" and some form of disciplinary action was inevitable despite the player's apology.

“We took into consideration the fact that he issued a fulsome and swift apology and that he is genuinely remorseful for his action”

He added that the player had "accepted that the tweet was offensive and inappropriate".

"We took into consideration the fact that he issued a fulsome and swift apology and that he is genuinely remorseful for his action," added the Cricket Ireland chief executive.

"However given the breach of his contract and nature of the tweet, we felt it appropriate that a three-match sanction be imposed.

"We have also severely reprimanded John and reminded him of his duties and responsibilities as a high profile international cricketer."

Mooney won his first Ireland cap in 2001, and was player of the year in 2010.

He also hit the winning runs in Ireland’s stunning victory over England at the World Cup the following year.

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