• June 20, 2021

Exclusive: Ollie Robinson should ‘lose his career’ for racist and sexist tweets, says former England cricketer Michael Carberry, as bowler is suspended by ECB

 Exclusive: Ollie Robinson should ‘lose his career’ for racist and sexist tweets, says former England cricketer Michael Carberry, as bowler is suspended by ECB


Former England cricketer Michael Carberry says people like Ollie Robinson should ‘lose their careers’ after the bowler was suspended for historic racist and sexist social media posts.

Robinson, 27, made his England debut against New Zealand last week, but it was marred as tweets he posted between 2012 and 2013 surfaced.

Robinson made his debut for England last week, but it was marred by the tweets that surfaced

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Robinson made his debut for England last week, but it was marred by the tweets that surfaced

Robinson – who was 18 and 19 at the time he posted the messages – read out an apology following the end of play on the first day, but continued in the match.

The England and Wales Cricket Board subsequently suspended the bowler pending an investigation.

The ECB is now also investigating claims a second player posted offensive material, when they were under 16 years of age, but their identity has been concealed.

Carberry, who played for Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Leicestershire in his career, as well as making 13 appearances for his country, believes meaningful action needs to be taken.

“It’s a very sad situation we are finding ourselves in, not just as a sport but as a society, where now young people think it’s okay to post this stuff,” Carberry told Jim White on talkSPORT.

Carberry played six Test matches for England

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Carberry played six Test matches for England

“I don’t really care about timelines, the more worrying factor for me is that an 18-year-old and now a reported 16-year-old are sitting down on their social media accounts and posting this stuff and thinking it’s okay. It’s not okay.

“Something seriously needs to be done to discourage people from doing it. Where does it end?

“You are hearing reports of online racism and abuse by the day and yes all these campaigns and slogans to Kick It Out, we’re wearing t-shirts and blacking out screens, taking the knee, all this gimmicky stuff, it’s not really curing the problem.

“There needs to be a lot tougher sanctions in place. If that means taking people’s careers, then so be it.

“Playing international sport, I had the privilege of doing it 13 times and it was something I held in very high esteem. It is a privilege and should be maintained as a privilege.

“Enough is enough. The governing body needs to put their foot down.”

Robinson took seven wickets in the match against New Zealand

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Robinson took seven wickets in the match against New Zealand

Robinson read out an apology after the tweets emerged, but Carberry does not feel it was genuine.

“That apology seemed to be very scripted,” Carberry added. “There was not a lot of remorse and it was an attempt to wash it away.

“Personally, what he had to say was damaging. Looking through some of his apology, he was saying he’d been doing work on himself to be a better person.

“I’m quite interested to know exactly what he has done to be a better person, so I’m better informed.

“Anyone can put sweeping statements out there and say ‘I’m a better person now’. It’s fair to say BAME people have gone through enough of this racism and heard enough rhetoric under the sun.

“Something needs to be done to discourage people from doing it.”

Carberry spoke to Jim White following Robinson’s suspension by the ECB

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Carberry spoke to Jim White following Robinson’s suspension by the ECB

Carberry also feels there needs to be stronger punishments for these players, no matter what age they were at the time.

He added: “Unfortunately in life, dealing with people, there needs to be something in place to discourage people from doing it.

“If it means taking their careers, that’s what needs to happen. I know there has been people of colour who have lost their careers for a lot less than what Ollie Robinson did and the 16-year-old boy.

“I don’t think people are looking from the other side. There are people who’ve lost their careers just because of the colour of their skin and been discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.

“What about the duty of care to those people.”


Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq made claims of institutional racism against the club, which is the subject of an independent investigation.

But the findings are yet to be published with key supporting witnesses yet to be asked to give evidence.

Rafiq’s claims allege there was ‘racist dressing room banter’ at the club and also said he received racist abuse on the field.

He also says there was an attempt to enforce a drinking culture on Muslim players, while also saying he was not afforded the same opportunities as white players.

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent said he was glad the ECB were taking action against Robinson and says that culture in dressing rooms is common place.

Bent spoke about the culture in dressing rooms while he was a player

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Bent spoke about the culture in dressing rooms while he was a player

Bent told talkSPORT Breakfast: “I don’t have any sympathy for the fact he [Robinson] was 18. If he was a youngster, like 12, then fair enough, but at you are fully in control of what you are tweeting and saying.

“He’s maybe more cultural today, playing with people of colour, so maybe it’s been an education period for him. 

“I’m with the ECB, I’m glad they have acted quickly and there should be some form of punishment.

“That kind of culture does go on. I’ve walked into a dressing room before, got to know a few of the players, and there might be three or four more black players in the dressing room and someone might make the comment ‘some more brothers’.

“At the time I’m in the dressing room, that was acceptable, you laugh at it. When I look back at it now, it wasn’t acceptable, but it was the common theme in the dressing room.

“It was the footballing mentality, the banter and you’d laugh about it. From when I was a kid until I retired, these were the kind of jokes you’d get. 

“Because you were in a footballing environment, you’d laugh them off and didn’t see the racism behind it.”





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