‘It would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series’: Joe Root praises spirit of West Indies series despite Shannon Gabriel charge for alleged homophobic abuse
- Tensions boiled over in the final Test between England and the West Indies
- Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root were involved in a verbal exchange in the middle
- Gabriel has been charged with alleged homophobic abuse towards Root
- He allegedly used the derogatory phrase ‘b**** boy’ during on-field spat
- Footage appeared to show Root saying ‘there’s nothing wrong with being gay’
Joe Root fears the alleged homophobic abuse from Shannon Gabriel will overshadow a keenly contested Test series in the Caribbean.
England restored a semblance of pride with a 232-run victory over West Indies in St Lucia, though they lose the series 2-1 overall.
But that has been tarnished by the two-match ban potentially facing Gabriel after allegedly using the derogatory phrase ‘b**** boy’ during an on-field spat with Root in the third Test.
Joe Root shakes hands with Shannon Gabriel at the end of the third Test against West Indies
West Indies fast bowler Gabriel was involved in a verbal exchange with Root on day three
That term that drew the England captain’s measured response of ‘don’t use that as an insult, there’s nothing wrong with being gay,’ shortly after lunch on Monday.
A West Indies source countered that their fast bowler muttered ‘little boy’ during the exchange.
Following win, Root said: ‘The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides.
‘West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.
Gabriel is alleged to have used the derogatory term ‘b**** boy’ during the on-field spat
Sky Sports footage of the incident showed Root telling Gabriel: ‘Don’t use that as an insult’
‘As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. I just did what I thought was right.’
The ICC charged Gabriel on Tuesday with a breach of their code of conduct for alleged homophobic abuse.
Gabriel already has three demerit points and with the charge carrying between four and seven points, he would miss the equivalent of two Tests or four ODIs or T20 internationals if found guilty.
Each set of four points is the equivalent to one Test or two white-ball games.
Gabriel (left) was warned at the time by the umpires for using foul and abusive language