Outspoken British broadcaster Piers Morgan has taken aim at Australia for its “hypocritical decision” to allow Aussie cricketer Tahlia McGrath to compete in the Commonwealth Games final after testing positive for Covid-19.
McGrath was allowed to play in the Commonwealth Games women’s T20 cricket final on Sunday, August 7 against India despite testing positive prior to the match.
Following consultation with team and match officials and the Commonwealth Games Federation Results Analysis Clinical Expert Group, McGrath was granted permission to take the field according to a statement from Commonwealth Games Australia.
“McGrath presented to team management with mild symptoms on Sunday and subsequently returned the positive test,” the statement read.
“She was named in the starting XI at the toss and the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved her participation in the final.
“In consultation with the CGF (Commonwealth Games Federation) and the ICC, Cricket Australia medical staff have implemented a range of comprehensive protocols which will be observed throughout the game and for post-match activity to minimize the risk of transmission to all players and officials.
“The CGA has maintained a comprehensive COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with testing protocols over and above those required by the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee.”
Morgan’s main umbrage with McGrath taking the field while infected with Covid-19 stems from Australia’s decision to deport tennis star Novak Djokovic earlier this year over his refusal to be vaccinated, dashing his chances of competing in the Australian Open.
Given what happened with Djokovic in Australia, this is a shockingly bad & hypocritical decision. ???? https://t.co/ECuPk2fjIi
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 7, 2022
Several of Morgan’s followers agreed, calling out the decision and slamming the previous decision to deport Djokovic.
Shows what a joke, a farce, a stitch-up the last two years have been.
— Steve Barker (@weirdfish79) August 7, 2022
Which is exactly why the Djokovic debacle was so ridiculous. As if this was never going to be the reality moving forward.
— Master Miller (@serenitynowplze) August 7, 2022
I don’t have a beef with that, I agree with it on the whole, but when Australia persecuted Djokovic over his vaccine decision, and still quarantine then this is a bit rich from one of their national teams
— Silver Also (@SilverAlso) August 7, 2022
100% bang on!
— Gary McAlorum (@garymc19) August 7, 2022
Despite a chorus of support for Morgan’s view on the matter just as many questioned his comments, pointing out that England and Australia have different Covid-19 guidelines and regulations.
has nothing to do with djokovic. She is vaccinated, he is not.
— Dan Jago (@dj1au) August 7, 2022
Err, the commonwealth games being played in England is hypocritical to what happened during a tennis tournament in Australia? Long bow there, sook.
— Kenneth Noisewater (@KenNwater) August 7, 2022
Minor point. She is in England where the current rules on testing positive for Covid and isolating are different. If you have a beef with that then complain to @BorisJohnson.
— Conrad (@ConradOliveira) August 7, 2022
That was then, this is now.
Thing’s have changed greatly
— Trevor Daniels ???????????????????????????? #Annibyniaeth (@danielssan41967) August 7, 2022
McGrath isn’t the only Australian sporting star that has felt the ire of the former Good Morning Britain host, earlier this year Morgan criticised tennis star Nick Kyrgios during a segment on his program Uncensored following the Australian tennis diva’s behaviour at Wimbledon.
During a heated match with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Morgan said the “full range of Kyrgios the brat” was on display during the Aussie’s third match.
Kyrgios and Tsitsipas were both slapped with fines for their on-court behaviour, with the Greek player cited for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Aussie fined for an audible obscenity.
Introducing the segment, Morgan referred to Kygrios as “one of my least favourite people”.
“Nick Kyrgious has booked his spot in Wimbledon after making a Lazarus-like recovery from the crippling shoulder injury which he was using to blame every point he lost earlier in the game,” Morgan said.
Morgan showed a highlight reel of “nasty nick” giving attitude to umpires and fellow player Tsitsipas, where Kyrgios uses the word “bro” in his verbal retorts.
Morgan closed out the segment with “you know what bro – you’re my douche of the day, every day”, before bringing in other voices of support to speak against Kyrgios’ behaviour.