SIR Geoffrey Boycott is facing calls for his knighthood to be taken back after he said he ‘couldn’t give a toss, love’ about concerns raised over his record of domestic violence.
The former England cricketer (pictured above), 78, was made a knight in Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
But Women’s Aid boss Adina Claire said the reward for his ‘services to sport’ sent a ‘dangerous message’ because of his conviction for beating up his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French hotel in 1996.
Asked about Ms Claire’s comments, Sir Geoffrey said to presenter Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I don’t care a toss about her, love. It’s 25 years ago. So you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. You want to talk to me about my knighthood, it’s very nice of you to have me. But I couldn’t give a toss.’
The Yorkshireman also denied the attack in Antibes, saying it was ‘very difficult to defend yourself’ overseas.
He received a three-month suspended prison sentence after a French court heard he punched Ms Moore 20 times in the face and chest before leaving her to pay their bill. He told the court that his ex, who had severe bruising, slipped and fell after getting angry when he refused to marry her.
Labour called on Boris Johnson to rescind the knighthood but No.10 said it was a question for the ex-PM.
Critics expressed disappointment in cricket fan Mrs May, who introduced the Domestic Abuse Bill earlier this year to crack down on offenders.
Charity Woman’s Trust said: ‘While we welcome the bill, the honour for Geoffrey Boycott shows how much our attitude as a society needs to change.’