Cricketer James Pattinson suspended over homophobic slur

James Pattinson will miss the first test of the Australian cricket season after he was found to have used a allegedly homophobic slur against another player.

Pattinson was reported for poor conduct during a Sheffield Shield game between his home state of Victoria and Queensland.

“James Pattinson has been found guilty of a level two breach of Article 2.1.3 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct for personal abuse of a player while fielding during Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland,” a statement from governing body Cricket Australia read.

“Pattinson admitted to the breach, which had been reported by umpires John Ward and Shawn Craig to match referee David Talalla. Pattinson apologies immediately and unreservedly to the opponent and the umpires and did not contest the charge.”

It’s the third offence in 18 months for the player, which triggered an automatic one match suspension. Pattison has issued a public apology over his behaviour.

“I made a mistake in the heat of the moment,” Pattinson said in his statement. “Straight away I realised I was in the wrong, and I apologised immediately, both to the opponent and to the umpires.

“I have done the wrong thing and accept the penalty. I’m gutted to miss a Test match, but the standards are there for a reason and the fault is mine.”

The first test between Australia and Pakistan will begin on Thursday 21st November, but Pattinson will be sitting it out.

OIP Staff