08:00 Wednesday 25 September 2013

Cricket porn pic storm

Written byROB SMYTH

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CRICKETERS in Burton and South Derbyshire have been warned about their use of social networking sites after a storm erupted over a pornographic picture.

The Derbyshire County Cricket League issued a stern warning after a message posted via Twitter appeared to poke fun at new Derbyshire Premier League champions Swarkestone, through the use of an explicit image.

An investigation has been launched into the origin of the message and cricketers at other premier division clubs in the area – Dunstall, Lullington Park and Ticknall – have been warned about the pitfalls of becoming embroiled in the row, which has been dubbed both ‘defamatory and pornographic’.

Mark Hallows, Derbyshire County Cricket League chairman, said in a statement: “The league executive have been informed that players playing in the Derbyshire County Cricket League have received tweets containing both defamatory and pornographic material that has allegedly been posted by a player from another league.

“This material concerns a club that plays in the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League, its players and officials.

“We are also informed that individual members of the club are pursuing their own law suits through the legal system and that the premier league are conducting their own investigations related to tweeting and re-tweeting the material by premier league players.

“We are currently undertaking, as requested by member clubs, our own investigations related to ‘re-tweets’ and clubs will be informed of any individual who is alleged to have ‘re-tweeted’.

“This is very likely to bring the league into disrepute and will be dealt with appropriately through investigation and hearing.

“Anyone in receipt of this material should inform the league secretary.

“We are very sorry to have to advise of this situation but in the interests of all concerned we wish to curtail any activity related to this information as quickly as possible and to limit any possibility of further distribution of this material or further defamatory comments being added.”

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