Kick It Out brands Craig Overton’s level-one cricket ban ‘outrageous’

• Remarks ‘clearly racially offensive’, says Herman Ouseley
• Somerset player’s two-match ban far too lenient, he says

Herman Ouseley, the chairman of football’s Kick it Out campaign and a prominent opponent of racism in sport, has described the punishment handed down to Somerset’s Craig Overton as “outrageous” and questioned the message it has sent to cricket.

Overton, as revealed by the Guardian on Thursday, was heard telling Sussex’s Pakistan-born all-rounder Ashar Zaidi to “go back to your own fucking country” during a county match at Hove in September, with the cricket discipline commission going on to hand down a level one breach – the lowest in the directives.

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