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World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan has dismissed an ECB investigation into his historical tweets insisting they were a ‘sign of respect’.
Morgan and his vice-captain Jos Buttler were caught up in the chaos surrounding the emergence of Ollie Robinson’s sexist and racist tweets from eleven years ago during a week in which several cricketers had their social media accounts poured over.
In addition to James Anderson’s reference to a ‘15-year-old lesbian’ when commenting on Stuart Broad’s haircut, questions were also asked of tweets from Morgan and Buttler where they might have been accused of mocking Indian fans.
Buttler tweeted: “I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me” and, Morgan includes Buttler in a message which says, “Sir you're my favourite batsman”.
Eoin Morgan has dismissed an ECB investigation into his historical tweets
The ECB are continuing their investigation into these historic tweets, but it is clear that they will be given short shrift by Morgan whenever they get round to asking him about them.
“I don’t really reflect on it a lot,” said Morgan. “I find it, if I call somebody sir on social media, or anywhere around the world, it’s a sign of admiration and respect.
“If that’s taken out of context there’s nothing I can control or do about it, so I haven’t actually looked into it.”
Cricketer's twitter feeds were put under the microscope after Ollie Robinson's 11 year old offensive messages were unearthed
Morgan has long been a prominent voice in the push for diversity and inclusion in the game and made it clear that his side’s 2019 World Cup win was a result of a multicultural dressing room.
And he confirmed his side will share in a further ‘moment of unity’ ahead of the T20 series with Sri Lanka.
He added: “We will be very much aligned with the Test match guys and what they did in their series against New Zealand.”