County cricket club puts its players on ‘enhanced education’ course after tweets containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language were unearthed from 10 years ago
- More than 50 offensive tweets dating back to 2011 came to light last month
- The club condemned the tweets and launched an internal probe
- It is believed three of the players were under 18 at the time of the tweets
A cricket club has put its players on an ‘enhanced education’ course after offensive tweets were unearthed from 10 years ago.
More than 50 offensive tweets sent by five players for Lancashire County Cricket Club, dating back to 2011, came to light last month.
The club condemned the tweets and launched an internal probe.
It is believed three of the players were under 18 at the time of the tweets, which had remained on the players accounts until they were unearthed by a local newspaper.
The offensive posts were deleted when the club were made aware of them by the paper.
At least one of the players joined in a three-day social media boycott a lack of action of protesting hateful messages on platforms earlier this year.
More than 50 offensive tweets sent by five players for Lancashire County Cricket Club, dating back to 2011, came to light last month
The club launched an investigation into the provocative posts and committed itself to ‘ongoing enhanced education’ for its players.
England’s cricket stars are being forced to sit through awkward ‘unconscious bias workshops’
England’s cricket stars were lectured on ‘workplace banter’ and ‘inappropriate non-verbal behaviour’ from diversity consultants who specialise in ‘experiential actor-based unconscious bias training’ amid the ‘racist’ tweets row.
Players including James Anderson , Stuart Broad and Joe Root were forced to attend the diversity workshops since March.
The Professional Cricketers’ Association enforced the classes on all county and international players ‘as part of a zero-tolerance approach to racial discrimination’.
London-based business management consultant firm EW Group, which has worked with the BBC, the Met and Transport for London, were running the courses and its website gives an insight into what the England stars had to go through, it was revealed last month.
They will have been lectured on ‘issues such as workplace banter and inappropriate non-verbal behaviour’ during the sessions.
They are also likely to have been subject to an ‘experiential actor-based unconscious bias training’ lesson, which the company gave a taste of on its web page.
A club spokesman said: ‘The club would like to reiterate that Lancashire Cricket strongly condemns the use of any discriminatory language or behaviour by any player or staff at any point in time.
‘Over the past three weeks, a thorough independent investigation has taken place.
‘This investigation has now concluded and the findings will remain confidential, but significant learnings have been taken on board and the club’s board will take action where required.
‘The club also commits to ongoing enhanced education for all players and continues to implement its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy across the whole organisation, working closely with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation.
‘Lancashire Cricket will handle this process internally and won’t be making any further comment.’
A number of tweets referred to females in a derogatory way, which were labelled ‘abhorrent’ by equality campaign group Stump Out Sexism.
Roisin McCallion, the group’s co-founder, said: ‘The tweets in question are undeniably utterly abhorrent and very clearly highlight the pertinence of sexism in our society.
‘The open sexualisation of and discrimination towards women has been accepted as commonplace for far too long.
‘Whilst we continue to dismiss this as nothing more than ‘banter’ and fail to engage in conversations about the underlying issues, we will never see the problem addressed.
‘If this is considered acceptable outside of the dressing room and sporting contexts, there is little surprise that we see it continue into the game.
‘If we truly wish to stump out sexism in cricket, we also need to work on tackling sexism in broader society: acknowledge there is a problem and educate men and boys on why there is no place for this kind of language at any time.’
The probe came after the England Cricket Board suspended Ollie Robinson after his Test debut last month due to racist remarks he made on social media when he was 18 and 19.
Robinson, 27, was dropped by the ECB after taking seven wickets in the game against New Zealand.