'Was attempting to break through my own tension' - Gabriel apologizes to Root

Nothing wrong with being gay Joe Root to Shannon Gabriel during on-field spat

Nothing wrong with being gay Joe Root to Shannon Gabriel during on-field spat

The on-pitch microphones did not pick up what Gabriel said, but umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena have charged the bowler with breaking the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct, according to Reuters.

TV footage from a recent test match between England and the West Indes has been shared over social media after England player Joe Root was heard scolding a player from the opposing team for the language he used. "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

Gabriel has conceded that there was a need for "sensitivity and respect" from athletes in their interactions.Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an worldwide match", which took his accumulated demerit points to eight.

There was no formal hearing with Jeff Crowe, the match referee, as Gabriel accepted the charge, following which he was given a four-match ban and fined 75% of his match fee.

"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field".

Gabriel has extended an "unreserved apology" for his comments.

"I think it is fair to say that neither of us ever expected the issue to escalate to the point that it has".

I think everybody should take notes from Joe Root and use this comeback to shut down homophobic slurs both on and off the field.

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"You can see that in the way he approaches the game and that's how I feel about it as well".

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it". What happened between Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel?

Gabriel was banned for four matches by the ICC after allegedly calling Root a "b***y boy".

A second user said: "I know he's from the wrong side of the Pennines but this is wonderful of Joe Root".

Article 2.13 addresses personal, insulting, obscene or offensive language directed at other players or match officials.

With the addition of the latest three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of eight demerit points, converted into four suspension points.

England and West Indies will play five ODIs, starting in Barbados next Wednesday.

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