Ireland news April 23, 2013

Mooney suspended over Thatcher tweet

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Mooney, the Ireland allrounder, has been suspended for three matches by Cricket Ireland after posting an insensitive tweet about the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Mooney, 31 and from Dublin, tweeted following Baroness Thatcher's death on April 8 that he hoped her demise was "slow and painful" before quickly deleting the tweet and issuing an apology for causing offence.

Cricket Ireland's chief executive, Warren Deutrom, described the comments as "crass, insensitive and offensive" and Mooney was found to be in breach of his central contract, which prohibits public statements that "denigrate, are derogatory, or prejudicial to the interests of cricket; or are of a nature which brings the game of cricket or Cricket Ireland into disrepute".

Mooney, who has scored 709 runs at 24.44 and taken 34 wickets at 28.55 in 45 ODIs, will now miss Leinster's inter-provincial matches against Northern on May 6 and North-West on May 14-16 as well as Ireland's first ODI against Pakistan on May 23. He will be available again for the second ODI on May 26.

"John accepted that the tweet was offensive and inappropriate," Deutrom said. "We took into consideration the fact that he issued a fulsome and swift apology and that he is genuinely remorseful for his action. However, given the breach of his contract and nature of the tweet, we felt it appropriate that a three match sanction be imposed. We have also severely reprimanded John and reminded him of his duties and responsibilities as a high profile international cricketer."

Mooney played for Ireland at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and hit the winning runs in the famous chase against England. He was also named Ireland player of the year in 2010.

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  • Stewart on April 24, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ Sal M: A reasoned critique of Margaret Thatcher's legacy would be an "opinion". His comments were sick.

  • Harvey on April 24, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Cricket Ireland should recognise the fact that Thatcher was intensely disliked by large swathes of the population, both in Ireland and in Britain. I saw a number of similar comments on social networking sites from people who would never normally be associated with such sentiments towards the recently deceased.

  • James on April 24, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Cricket Ireland making a mountain out of a molehill, using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, etc.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Very immature thing to say , hopefully a lesson well learnt.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    He is not entitled to his opinion ?

  • Vikram on April 23, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Ridiculous. What's happening to the world now?

  • Robert on April 23, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Mooney was probably drunk and, as many of us have done, posted a blustering comment and then deleted it as soon as he came back to his proper senses. How this is 'bringing the game of cricket' into disrepute I am unable to fathom, unless international cricket is somehow believed to be tied up with Tory politics (many people would say it is, of course).

  • David on April 23, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Maybe a bit crass, but I suspect there were many people (especially in Ireland) who shared his sentiments. A bit harsh on the poor chap, especially as he issued an immediate apology.

  • o on April 23, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    He should of been made captain

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I am not beeing funny but is Mooney in any position to be making remarks about Thatcher when he is like only 31 years old and therefore he would have been no more than 6 or 7 years old when she left office. I always question people who make rude remarks after someones passing. If he had any guts why didn't he say those things when she was alive. Band wagon jumping. Cricketers like him need to realize things like Twitter are in the public eye and ip addresses, locations can be traced if needed.

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