Gabriel banned for alleged homophobic comment

Joe Root suggested Shannon Gabriel said something he 'might regret'

Joe Root suggested Shannon Gabriel said something he 'might regret'

"There is nothing wrong with being gay".

Gabriel is alleged to have made homophobic comments to England captain Joe Root during the West Indies' defeat to England in the Third Test.

It has been noted that Gabriel's comments were not caught on the microphone and the ICC have effectively set a precedent for future charges relating to on-field exchanges between players.

Gabriel was charged with a Level Two offence under article 2.13 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, covering "personal abuse".

"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", he offered.

"A wonderful and hugely important reply from Joe Root here to the sledging by Shannon Gabriel", Owens tweeted."Delivered with calm and dignity and with a bigger impact than hitting the ball for six".

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker reportedly warned Gabriel about his language, but no further action has been taken.

The charge was under article 2.13 of the ICC's code of conduct, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match. Root said at the close that things said on the field "should stay on the field", but nevertheless received praise for his stance, including from United Kingdom equality charity Stonewall.

Root was commended for his on-field remarks by Stonewall's director of sport Kirsty Clarke, who told PinkNews: "Tackling offensive language is a crucial part of helping LGBT people feel welcome in sport".

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it".

Root himself has not publicly stated what Gabriel said to him and after the end of the third Test - which England won by 232 runs - he said he did not want to incident to overshadow the series.

England fans also seemed to show their support for Root's stance on the final day of the match.

West Indies' coach Richard Pybus said he was not aware of what transpired but promised to address the issue if anything "untoward" was said. Ms Davies said on her Twitter account.