An Irish cricketer has apologised after tweeting that he hoped Margaret Thatcher's death 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.
He used his Twitter account to apologise, saying: "I would like to apologise to anyone that I upset with my tweets yesterday regarding the death of Margaret Thatcher.
"I realise now that they were offensive to many and have deleted them. I'd like to assure my family, friends, employers and ... team mates that I have learned a very valuable lesson and in future will stick to focusing on my game!"
Cricket Ireland said Mooney had been instructed to delete the message by chief executive Warren Deutrom.
He described the comments as "crass, insensitive and offensive".
In a statement the organisation said it wanted to distance itself from Mooney's comments.
"Cricket Ireland have asked the player to remove the comments which have caused offence, and will consider appropriate disciplinary action in due course," it said.
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.