(CNN)West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been banned for four one-day international matches after making an alleged homophobic comment during his team's Test match defeat by England.
Shannon Gabriel given four-match ban for alleged homophobic comment
Television footage shared on social media showed England captain Joe Root appearing to respond to a comment from Gabriel by saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay."
The original comment, made by Gabriel during the third Test between West Indies and England in Saint Lucia, was not audible on the microphone on the stump, and Root was coy afterwards when asked by reporters what had been said.
"It's Test cricket and (Gabriel) is an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match," Root told reporters Monday. "Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field."
The England captain added that the bowler is "a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest. He's had a wonderful series and he should be proud."
When asked if Gabriel's comment had crossed a line, Root added: "I think it should stay on the field. I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team."
On Wednesday, the 30-year-old Gabriel accepted the charge brought by the International Cricket Council.