Irish cricketer John Mooney could face disciplinary action after tweeting about the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Ireland all-rounder John Mooney could be facing disciplinary action after he took to Twitter in response to the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
ESPNcricinfo reports that Mooney wrote; “I hope it was slow and painful” on Twitter before removing the post a few hours later.
The Ireland international’s tweet was written after ex-Sinn Fein politician, Gerry Adams, had spoken out against Thatcher’s policies towards Ireland as a failure.
Mooney has held a central contract with Cricket Ireland since 2010 but the board were quick to respond to the 31-year-old’s outburst.
“Cricket Ireland would like to distance itself from the comments made by John Mooney on the social network Twitter,” a statement on the organisation’s website read.
“Cricket Ireland have asked the player to remove the comments that have caused offence, and will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course.”
Mooney has been a key player in the Ireland setup since making his ODI debut for the side in 2006 against England.
The all-rounder has gone on to feature in 45 one-day internationals for his country, scoring 709 runs and taking 34 wickets.
The Dublin-born player has also appeared in 21 Twenty20 matches for Ireland and was instrumental in his side’s historic win over England in the 2011 World Cup.
Most recently Mooney has played for the national side during their World Cricket League victories over the UAE in February, after returning to the team following a spell on the sidelines through injury.