UK cricketer told not to wear Gaza wristbands

England cricket player Moeen Ali has been banned from displaying political messages on the field by the International Cricket Council, after wearing wristbands supporting Palestinians during the third test.

Ali wore wristbands with “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” while batting against India on Monday at the Rose Bowl.

An ICC release on Tuesday says Ali was told by match referee David Boon to not wear the wristbands anymore. Ali was not cited.

The statement says, “Whilst he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play, and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match.”

ICC clothing rules do not allow displays of messages relating to political, religious or racial activities during internationals.

The England and Wales Cricket Board didn’t believe Ali was committing an offense.


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