ICC takes action on Shannon Gabriel after his homophobic rant on field

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Windies vs England | Shannon Gabriel booked by ICC for on-field homophobic rant

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Shannon Gabriel has been charged with an ICC Code of Conduct breach after he was caught making homophobic remarks directed towards Joe Root. Root was heard saying “there is nothing wrong with being gay” in reply to an inaudible taunt made by Gabriel during the third Test match at St. Lucia.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Windies’ pacer Shannon Gabriel who had a productive Test series outing against England until the last Test match at St. Lucia. Earlier this week, Stump mics caught an interaction on day three of the Test between Gabriel and two England batsmen Joe Root and Joe Denly which ended with Root saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay."

While Root played down the incident at the press conference, later on, the International Cricket Council has moved to act swiftly on the Windies' player. Gabriel, the West Indian fast bowler, has been charged with an ICC Code of Conduct breach for passing a homophobic remark towards England captain - Joe Root.

In a tweet, the ICC confirmed that Gabriel had been charged with a breach of Article 2.13 of the Code of Conduct: "The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe. Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC will not comment further."

Article 2.13 applies to use of "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature", with a range of charges covering different levels of seriousness.

After having prevented a series whitewash on day four of the Test, Root said that he hoped the incident would not tarnish the series but also added that international players had a "responsibility to go about things in a certain manner".

"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 said."West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it. It has been a good hard-fought series. 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. You have responsibility to go about things in a certain manner on the field and it felt appropriate to act how I did," Root said at the post-match press conference.

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