Sydney: An Irish cricketer has been slapped with a three-match ban for an offensive tweet about the death of late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
All-rounder John Mooney had written on Twitter that he hoped that Thatcher’s death had been ‘slow and painful’, although he had later deleted the tweet and apologised to his followers, acknowledging his comment was ‘offensive to many’.
However, Mooney was sanctioned by Cricket Ireland and banned, for which he will miss the first one day international against Pakistan in Clontarf next month, among other domestic games.
According to Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom, although Mooney had accepted that the tweet was offensive and inappropriate and had issued an apology. However, the board felt it necessary to impose the ban on him, given the breach of his contract and nature of the tweet.
Mooney was found to be in breach of clause eight of his Cricket Ireland contract which prohibits players from any public statements which it considers ‘denigrates, is derogatory, or is prejudicial to the interests of cricket; or is of a nature which brings the game of cricket or Cricket Ireland into disrepute.