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Cricket body charges West Indies player over anti-gay slur

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By The Associated Press

(AP) -- The International Cricket Council has charged West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel after he was accused by England captain Joe Root of making a homophobic comment.

In the third test in St. Lucia on Monday, Root was picked up on a broadcast feed saying to Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay." The preceding comment by Gabriel could not be heard on the clip posted by British broadcaster Sky Sports.

The ICC said Tuesday that Gabriel had been charged with a breach of its code of conduct. The governing body tweeted that "the charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by match referee Jeff Crowe."

British sports minister Mims Davies praised Root "for doing the absolute right thing to properly call this out."

Root married Carrie Cotterell in December.

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Updated February 12, 2019