The ex-girlfriend of former cricketer Sir Geoffrey Boycott has mentioned he doesn’t deserve a knighthood after he was convicted of assaulting her in 1998.
Margaret Moore, 67, mentioned in an interview with the Sun newspaper that the choice was “disgusting”.
The award, bestowed on him by former PM Theresa May in her resignation honours record, has been strongly criticised by home abuse charities.
Boycott informed the BBC he “couldn’t give a toss about the criticism”.
The former England captain was fined round £5,000 and given a three-month suspended sentence after being convicted of beating Ms Moore in a French Riviera resort.
The courtroom heard in the course of the trial that Boycott pinned Ms Moore down and hit her 20 instances within the face earlier than testing and leaving her to pay the invoice.
Boycott has at all times denied the claims, saying Ms Moore had slipped after turning into offended when he refused to marry her.
But Ms Moore informed the Sun: “He doesn’t deserve a knighthood. It’s disgusting.”
She would “never forget” the night time of the assault, including: “What sort of man does that and is then made a knight? He should hand it back.”
The French decide who convicted the cricketer informed the Guardian on Friday she stands by her responsible verdict, saying his conduct throughout his trial had been “arrogant” and “deplorable”.
“I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen,” Dominique Hauman mentioned, additionally arguing that Boycott didn’t deserve his knighthood.
Women’s Aid’s co-acting chief govt Adina Claire has accused Mrs May of sending a “dangerous message” by knighting Boycott.
She mentioned the honour “should be taken away” from him, including that it despatched “completely the wrong message” to survivors of home abuse.
Mrs May has beforehand mentioned Boycott is considered one of her sporting heroes and in contrast her dedication to ship Brexit with the combating spirit proven by the opening batsman throughout his profession.
She mentioned in November 2018: “Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end.”
Since his retirement from cricket, Boycott has gone on to grow to be a profitable broadcaster and is a part of the BBC commentary group overlaying the present Ashes collection.
But he needed to apologise in 2017 after joking that he would want to “black up” to be awarded a knighthood, reportedly saying they have been handed out to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”.