ECB back Moeen's 'humanitarian' statement

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While the ICC are looking into Moeen Ali's 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine' wristbands, worn in the third Test against India, the ECB have backed their player, saying he will not face sanctions from them.

While the ICC are looking into Moeen Ali's 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine' wristbands, worn in the third Test against India, the ECB have backed their player, saying he will not face sanctions from them.

Ali's wristbands drew attention on Monday while he was fielding during the second day, and the ICC have confirmed that they will investigate, given it technically contravenes the law which states:

"Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by the player or team official's Board.

"Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."

While Moeen did not seek approval from the ECB, a spokesperson said: "We don't believe he has committed any offence." They also added that Moeen was not making a political statement, but rather a 'humanitarian' one.

The England players will wear Help for Heroes armbands and branding on day three at the Rose Bowl, thus also taking a humanitarian stand, considering they will be supporting a charity for injured soldiers.

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