Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'm Not Racist but I Regret My Tirade, Says Tykes Skipper; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'm Not Racist but I Regret My Tirade, Says Tykes Skipper; CRICKET

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YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale has insisted he is not racist and deeply regrets his tirade towards Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince.

Gale was banned for the final two matches of the County Championship season - missing the chance to lift the Championship trophy - after reportedly calling South African Prince a "f***ing Kolpak" during the Roses clash at Old Trafford last month.

But it was the England and Wales Cricket Board's investigation into whether there was a racist element to the verbal attack that led to what Gale has described as "the toughest time" of his career.

Gale's use of the word 'Kolpak' - shorthand for a band of overseas players who utilise an obscure employment law to play in England without restriction - was at the root of the charge, but the ECB's case collapsed when Prince insisted he did not consider the comments to be racist.

Subsequently, Gale has been handed a further two-match ban and ordered to complete an anger management course, but he revealed it was the suggestion he was racist that has hurt him most during the saga. …

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