Cricket Ireland (CI) have suspended all-rounder John Mooney for three matches after he posted an 'offensive and inappropriate' tweet reacting to the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
He has been suspended for the first One-Day International against Pakistan in May and two Inter-Provincial matches beginning on 6th and 14th May respectively.
Mooney, 31, was deemed to have breached clause eight of his CI contract which prohibits players from making from making public statements which are considered to 'denigrates, is derogatory, or is prejudicial to the interests of cricket; or is of a nature which brings the game or Cricket Ireland into disrepute.'
Warren Deutrom, CI Chief Executive said: "John accepted that the tweet was offensive and inappropriate. We took into consideration the fact that he issued a fulsome and swift apology and that he is genuinely remorseful for his action.
"However given the breach of his contract and nature of the tweet, we felt it appropriate that a three match sanction be imposed.
"We have also severely reprimanded John and reminded him of his duties and responsibilities as a high profile international cricketer."
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