News | Cricket
21 Sep 2019 6:05
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Boris Johnson urged to strip former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott of new knighthood

    There are calls for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to strip former English cricket captain Geoffrey Boycott of his knighthood over a past domestic abuse conviction.

    There have been calls for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to strip former English cricket captain Geoffrey Boycott of his new knighthood over his domestic abuse conviction.

    Boycott, 78, was awarded a knighthood in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list that was released on Tuesday (local time), alongside fellow former cricket captain Andrew Strauss.

    But women's charities, politicians and even a Spice Girl came out to condemn the move after Boycott said he did not "give a toss" about criticism from the charity Women's Aid.

    Women's Aid co-acting chief executive Adina Claire said the honour sent a "dangerous message".

    "With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a domestic abuse bill ready to be taken forward by government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse," she said in a statement.

    "Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime."

    In 1998 Boycott was convicted, fined and given a three-month suspended sentence for beating his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore at a hotel on the French Riviera.

    Boycott denied he was guilty, and on Tuesday morning (local time) told BBC radio it was "clear in my mind that it's not true" when asked if the delay in knighting him was due to the conviction.

    "Most people in England don't believe it, I didn't do it, move on," he said.

    "It's a cross I have to bear, right or wrong, good or bad, I have to live with it, and I do, because I'm clear in my mind and I think most people in England are that it's not true.

    "I don't care a toss about her, love.

    "It was 25 years ago."

    The shadow minister for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, said Boycott's honour was "an insult to victims and survivors of domestic violence".

    "Honouring a perpetrator of domestic violence just because he is the former prime minister's favourite sportsman shows how out of touch and nepotistic the honours list is," she said.

    "Boris Johnson should rescind his knighthood today."

    Spice Girl Melanie Brown said Boycott was "a disgrace to Yorkshire" and could not believe he had been knighted.

    In 2017 Boycott apologised after joking he would have to "black up" to receive a knighthood after several West Indian cricketers received the honour.

    © 2019 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other Cricket News
     20 Sep: Mickey Arthur is as keen to learn as much as he is to teach
     18 Sep: Ben Stokes hammers The Sun for 'despicable' story dredging up family trauma
     17 Sep: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan believes two of the side's greats could be gone by the next Ashes series
     16 Sep: David Warner has taken an unwanted cricketing record off ex New Zealand cricketer John D'Arcy
     16 Sep: Kane Williamson's spin bowling inquisition has been delayed... for now
     15 Sep: England have the chance to secure a consolation Ashes cricket test victory against Australia tonight at The Oval
     15 Sep: The Ashes: Australia dominated by England on day three of fifth Test at The Oval
     Top Stories

    Vision from four years ago has brought the reality of playing at a rugby World Cup home for the All Blacks wings More...

    Congestion charges could help ease traffic at peak hours More...

     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    Investigations are continuing into a fatal e-scooter crash in Auckland 5:16

    US state dinner: Donald Trump to serve Scott Morrison sole, serenade him with violins 4:36

    Bird populations are collapsing, and it's a sign of a bigger problem 4:36

    Congestion charges could help ease traffic at peak hours 21:56

    Mark Ronson has come out as "sapiosexual" 21:49

    Liam Gallagher has branded his brother Noel "an insecure little idiot" 21:19

    Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen encourage their children to eat healthy foods 20:49

    Zooey Deschanel is smitten with Jonathan Scott 20:19

    Shay Mitchell held her baby shower in a strip club 19:49

    Sarah Jessica Parker thinks it's "important" for her children to see her enjoying her work 19:19

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2019 New Zealand City Ltd