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Moeen banned from wearing pro-Palestinian wristbands

by Tess Cutler

July 29, 2014 | 2:13 pm

<em>England's Moeen Ali wears wristbands supporting Gaza and Palestine at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton, England, on July 28. Photo via Reuters</em>

England's Moeen Ali wears wristbands supporting Gaza and Palestine at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton, England, on July 28. Photo via Reuters

UPDATE: After England cricketer Moeen Ali sported pro-Palestinian wristbands (with slogans “Free Gaza” and “Save Palestine” inscribed on the bands) at a Southampton match on Monday, July 28, the International Cricket Council issued a public statement the following day, threatening to ban Ali if he continued to overtly display his personal politics on the field.

On Monday evening, a spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board said that although Ali wasn’t given permission to wear the wristbands, they don’t believe he committed an offense.

The ICC responded: “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 of play during an international [match].”

If the ICC decides that Ali breached regulations, he could be fined by the board.

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