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Thatcher tweet sees Irish cricket star banned for 3 matches

John Mooney quickly apologised for the ‘derogatory’ message about the former British PM.

John Mooney.
John Mooney.
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IRISH INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER John Mooney has been banned for three games by the national association in the wake of a ‘derogatory tweet’ about Margaret Thatcher.

Mooney apologised last month for sending the update after the death of the divisive former British prime minster last month.

“John accepted that the tweet was offensive and inappropriate,” Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland chief executive said today. ”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 will miss the first ODI international against Pakistan in Clontarf next month, as well as the Leinster Lightning Inter-Provincial games against Northern Knights and North West Warriors.

The 31-year-old won his first Irish cap in 2001 and most recently was involved in the team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates where they consolidated their qualification challenge for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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