Irish cricketer apologises after 'Thatcher death tweets

John Mooney has tendered an apology after he tweeted that he hoped the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been 'slow and painful'.

Sydney, Apr 10 (ANI): An Irish cricketer has tendered an apology after he tweeted that he hoped that the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been 'slow and painful'.

All-rounder John Mooney, who scored the winning runs in Ireland's historic win over England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has deleted the message, saying on Twitter that he was sorry for upsetting people by his tweets regarding Thatcher's death, News.com.au reports.

Stating that he realized that the comments were offensive to many people, Mooney further said that he had learnt a valuable lesson and in future will focus only on improving his game.

According to Cricket Ireland (CI) sources, Mooney had been ordered to delete the message by chief executive officer Warren Deutrom, who had described the comments as 'crass, insensitive and offensive'.

Stating that it wanted to distance itself from Monney's comments, the CI further said that it will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course.

Mooney made his first-class debut for Ireland in 2004 and went on to play his first one-day international in 2006 before the historic win over England at the World Cup in India, the report added.

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