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England cricketer Moeen Ali's 'Save Gaza' wristband irks ICC
Wednesday July 30, 2014 11:03 AM, Agencies

Though the England Cricket Board (ECB) saw no problem with the wristbands with slogans 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine' worn on Monday by all-rounder Moeen Ali, the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked him to remove them and warned he might be fined if he wears them again.

Moeen Ali

Interestingly, ICC match referee David Boon warned Moeen about the decision before play yesterday, when all the players wore 'Help the Heroes' logos on their shirts to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War.

Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel.

The all-rounder wore the black and white bands, which read 'Free Palestine' and 'Save Gaza', during England's second Test Match against India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

An ICC spokesman said: "The ICC Equipment and Clothing Regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match."

"Moeen Ali is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, but he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field", he added.

England had cleared Moeen to wear the bands, arguing that he was making a humanitarian statement and not a political one, and perhaps sensitive to accusations of inconsistency as the whole team will wear the logo of the Help for Heroes charity on their shirts on Tuesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.


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