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ROBINSON TAKES TIME OUT FROM THE GAME

England V New Zealand 2nd Test

LAWRENCE BOOTH

OLLIE ROBINSON is to take a short break from cricket after his county, Sussex, described the tweets that led to his suspension by England as ‘completely unacceptable’. Sussex insisted that Robinson retained the support of all his team-mates and said they would monitor his mental health as he embarks on a spell on the sidelines and welcome him back ‘when he is ready to return’. But they also made it clear that the tweets’ content was ‘totally at odds with our stated ambition to inspire people from every background in our county to say, “I feel part of Sussex Cricket”.’ A club statement said: ‘Ollie is a very different man from the one that wrote those tweets. He has made clear the shame, embarrassment and remorse he feels for the discriminatory comments he made. ‘As a result of his actions, Ollie has had the opportunity to represent his country suspended, is at the centre of intense public and media scrutiny and faces the possibility of further disciplinary action from the ECB. Sussex Cricket will not be adding to these significant penalties. The club will turn its attention to supporting Ollie.’

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