DISCIPLINARY proceedings have been launched against several individuals following a Twitter row that erupted in the Burton and South Derbyshire cricket scene.
Cricket Derbyshire, the umbrella body overseeing professional and recreational cricket across the county, has opened proceedings against individuals for ‘malicious communications and images’ published via social networking site Twitter that poked fun at new Derbyshire Premier League champions Swarkestone.
Following consultations with Derbyshire Police, lawyers and representatives of Derbyshire Cricket Board and the county and premier leagues, the county club has already issued a number of indefinite bans to individuals from all grounds, venues, buildings and events connected following the revelations which were exclusively revealed in the Mail last week.
County club chief executive Simon Storey said: “The growth of social media has generally been extremely positive at all levels.
“It’s proving to be a great way for clubs, players and fans to communicate, debate and keep up-to-date; and the large majority of interactions are constructive, well-meant and often amusing.
“However, like anything else in the wrong hands, social media can cross the line and users should always ask themselves if their messages and comments are appropriate.”
Both cricket leagues will also be contacting clubs and players as they consider potential disciplinary proceedings.
Cricket Derbyshire is now working on a joint social media code of conduct which will be released during the close season.
Business and relationship manager for Derbyshire Cricket Board Andy Bowley said: “The cricket authorities in Derbyshire will act fast to protect the integrity and spirit of the game.
“We’ll strictly administer our social media code of conduct and will continue to protect all players, employees and officials from insulting, offensive or false statements and content.
“Adopting a joined up approach will send a powerful message to offenders and will increase our options when it comes to handing out appropriate sanctions.”