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Geoffrey Boycott says he ‘couldn’t give a toss’ at knighthood backlash

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Geoffrey Boycott said he ‘couldn’t give a toss, love’ over the backlash to his knighthood despite a conviction for domestic violence.

The England cricket legend is being handed a knighthood by Theresa May in her resignation honours list.

But the decision has outraged domestic violence campaigners given that he was convicted of punching his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in 1998.

Yorkshireman Boycott, 78, was given a three-month suspended sentence and fined 50,000 francs (then £5,100) by a French court in January 1998 after being convicted of repeatedly punching Moore at a hotel in the south of France in October 1996.



Geoff Boycott was given a three-month suspended sentence and fined 50,000 francs (then £5,100) by a French court in January 1998 after being convicted of repeatedly punching Margaret Moore assault at a hotel in the south of France in October 1996


In 1998 Boycott was convicted of domestic violence

Speaking on the Today Programme on Radio 4, Boycott, now a celebrated cricketing pundit, was confronted about the conviction.

As presenter Martha Kearney began to quote Adina Claire, the co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, the former England cricket captain said: “I don’t give a toss about her, love.

“So you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. I couldn’t give a toss.”

He was commenting after Ms Claire said: “Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message – that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime.

“With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a Domestic Abuse Bill ready to be taken forward by Government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse.”

Later in the interview Boycott implied that he backed Brexit because his conviction was in a French court.

He said: “It was 25 years ago love, in a French court, she tried to blackmail me for £1m. I said no.

“It’s a court case in France where… you’re guilty.

“It’s one reason I don’t vote to remain in Europe is you’re guilty until you’re proved innocent.

“That’s totally the opposite from England. It’s very difficult to prove you’re innocent.”



Geoffrey Boycott was accused of beating Margaret Moore in the south of France on October 2, 1996

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Boycott is still employed by the BBC as a cricket pundit.

Despite the conviction, Sir Geoffrey has always denied assaulting Ms Moore, accusing her of putting a “stain on my name” and maintaining her injuries were sustained in an accidental fall.

At his trial, public prosecutor Jean-Yves Duval rejected that claim, saying the injuries were “absolutely incompatible” with an accident.

Lord John Mann, honoured in the same honours list, has slammed Boycott’s comment as “unacceptable” and vowed he’ll raise violence against women in the Lords.

In 2017 Boycott triggered racism claims after suggesting he would be more likely to be given a knighthood if he “blacked up”, claiming knighthoods were given to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”.

He made the controversial remarks during a question and answer session following a Test match between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston.

“Mine’s been turned down twice,” Boycott told host Gary Newbon. “I’d better black me face.”

Edgbaston’s Labour MP Preet Gill said of his rant: “Let’s call it what it is, it’s irresponsible, it smacks of racism.”

Boycott later apologised, saying: “Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable.

“I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.



The former Prime Minister repeatedly gushed about his style – which included enraging teammates with his slow scoring rate and sometimes running them out

“I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.”

Boycott played 108 Test matches for England and scored 151 first-class centuries.

He has worked as a commentator for the BBC’s Test Match Special since 2004 – and Mrs May is one of his greatest fans.

The former Prime Minister repeatedly gushed about his style – which included enraging teammates with his slow scoring rate and sometimes running them out.

“I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life,” she beamed previously.



In November 2016 Boycott told the Mirror Mrs May needed to “dig in” during tricky negotiations with the EU

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“It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing.

“He just stuck in there and got on with the job, that was the great thing … He had a plan and he got on with it, and more often than not delivered.”

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