Andrew Gale hit with further two game ban after Kolpak slur

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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been handed a further two-match ban after reaching an agreement over his punishment without the need for an official ECB hearing.

All parties involved reached the agreement without the need for a hearing and then approached the ECB's Cricket Discipline Committee to seek agreement for their proposal.

Gale was accused of using foul and abusive language towards Lancashire's Ashwell Prince in the Roses derby early in September. However, there was also concerns that Gale's abuse, which included the word Kolpak, was used in a racist way.


The Kolpak term is used after a handball player, named Kolpak, who set a legal precedent that allows some foreign cricket players to play in England unrestricted due to European Union law.

The accusation, in terms of racial abuse, was dismissed by Gale but he has admitted to causing upset with his verbal assault on Prince. The South African, in a radio interview after the incident, suggested that he did not deem Gale's abuse as racist despite his reference to him being a Kolpak player when he said "f*** off back to your own country, you Kolpak f*****".


The ECB's Disciplinary Committee decided that a further two match ban, starting next season, would be sufficient punishment for the Yorkshireman. Gale had already been banned from playing in his side's last two Championship games of this season and was not allowed to lift the Division One County Championship trophy when his side sealed victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The incident against Lancashire was not his only misdemeanour as he was also reprimanded for his behaviour in the previous Roses match earlier in the season.

As part of his punishment Yorkshire will work with their captain to address his anger management issues.


Gale's new suspension will mean that he will miss Yorkshire's opening match of the season against the MCC in Abu Dhabi and their first Championship match as they begin their defence of the trophy next season.

Yorkshire, however, are not willing to let the matter go as they are unhappy with how the ECB handled the situation and how they arrived at their new punishment. They will seek talks with the ECB as a consequence.

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