Ruth Langsford sparks fury as host questions if Ollie Robinson’s old tweets were ‘banter’

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Loose Women host Ruth Langsford has faced criticism online after the panel addressed Ollie Robertson. The cricket player has been axed from the England Test Team in response to the “unacceptable” racist and sexist tweets he posted as an 18-year-old.

The offensive messages resurfaced online last week as Robinson, 27, made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lords.

At the close of play on day one, Robinson issued an apology and said he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed”.

He has been suspended from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

During today’s episode of Loose Women, Ruth had suggested that his comments may have been “teenage banter”.

Viewers have since taken to Twitter and shared their fury following the Loose Women host’s remarks.

One person fumed: “Hold up… did the host of #LooseWomen just refer to racist and sexist comments as ‘bants?’ I hope that I heard it incorrectly. Please tell me I misheard.”

Another commented: “Racist comments are NOT banter FFS #loosewomen.”

“Here we go defending the racist words of people when they were young,” a third remarked.

Another added: “Oh get a grip Ruth, racism and sexism is not ‘teenage bants’.””Did Ruth just refer to racist and sexist comments as banter?” a fifth quizzed.

During Loose Women, panellist Janet Street-Porter insisted Robinson should have apologised a long time ago, before making his England debut.

“I think apologising after, no matter how heartfelt, won’t placate a lot of people, a lot of other players,” she said.

Ruth quizzed: “Are you saying at 18, he’s an adult?”

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To which Janet replied: “He was an adult, you’re an adult at 18.”

“18 is a teen,” Ruth countered. “Could an argument be made that he was a hot-headed teenager, a stupid teenager, he said some stupid things?

“It might have been the kind of bants he was having with his mates?”

Robinson has since apologised for his past comments, saying: “On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago which have today become public.

“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions and I am ashamed of making such remarks.”

The cricketer went on to say that he has since matured and has turned his life around.

Before the first Test match of the summer at Lords, players from England and New Zealand shared a Moment of Unity and wore T-shirts in a stand against several forms of discrimination.

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

 

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