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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been banned for the first two matches of the 2015 county season after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to drop the racism charges against him.
The ECB had initially decided to hold a formal hearing after Gale racially abused Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince, who is from South Africa.
It is understood that Gale told Prince to “f*** off back to your own country, you Kolpak f*****”.
As a result, Gale will miss Yorkshire’s match against MCC in Abu Dhabi and their first County Championship match as well.
According to a statement from the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission, Gale “acknowledges and deeply regrets that the words he used caused any offence and, in particular, that they could have caused offence as a result of the reference to the nationality of the person to whom they were made. Mr Gale wishes to express that this was absolutely not his intention”.