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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has become the first county cricketer to be charged with racial abuse by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Gale was charged after getting involved in a heated dispute with Lancashire batsman Ashwell Price, during which he used the term “Kolpak”.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the ECB intend to proceed with the charge, even though Yorkshire claim that the board has tainted Gale’s reputation and image.
It has also been announced that Yorkshire are assembling a legal team to contest the ECB’s charge.
The hearing is likely to take place next week and Gale is expected to be hit with a Level 3 charge.
Gale’s confrontation with Prince, who has played for South Africa, came during Yorkshire’s County Championship match against Lancashire on September 3.
According to sources, Gale started to become more and more infuriated with Prince’s timewasting and sledging. Things started to get out of control when Prince told Gale to go back to his fielding position. Gale did not take too kindly to this and he told Prince to go back to South Africa, which included a reference about Prince’s Kolpak status. Tempers began to flare big time after this as both players started using a lot of bad language against each other.
The on-field umpires initially slapped Gale with a Level 2 charge, which subsequently led to him being suspended him for two matches. However, the ECB believed that Gale had gotten off lightly and decided to bring their own charge against the Yorkshire captain.