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Robinson Faces Axe Over Racist and Sexist Tweets from 2012: Report

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating the matter.

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ECB could punish Ollie Robinson for his tweets from 2012. 
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England’s debutant Ollie Robinson is understood to be facing the axe from the second Test against New Zealand irrespective of his performance at Lord’s.

Robinson, who started off well, had to finish his first day in Test cricket with an apology for his controversial tweets from 2012 that resurfaced and went viral.

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“On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago, which have today become public,” Robinson said in a statement. “I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.”

He continued, “I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended, my teammates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combating discrimination from our sport. I just want to apologize to everyone. I regret it hugely.”

According to the Daily Telegraph, Robinson, who took 4/75 in New Zealand’s first innings, may be dropped from the second Test starting June 10 at Edgbaston.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating the matter.

This comes after England and New Zealand cricketers shared a ‘Moment of Unity’ before the start of the first Test at Lord’s to show their support against discrimination.

England batting coach Graham Thorpe has said the board may start reviewing the social media history of its future players to avoid a repeat of the Robinson fiasco.

“He (Robinson) had to say sorry to the dressing room, he had to say sorry to the world about what he did,” said Thorpe.

“So from that perspective it’s very hard for him but he knows he made mistakes. So at the end of the day, that’s why he had to make those apologies. But in our dressing room, we had to support him as well,” he added.

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