THE chairman of Ramsbottom Cricket Club has quit over a series of questionable tweets on his social media account.

Rod Hamer chairman, treasurer and bar manager at RCC, has apologised for what critics say is a string of sexist, homophobic and racists remarks on Twitter.

And Mr Hamer has been heavily criticised by Lancashire Cricket Foundation, which administers the amateur game locally.

One insider at Acre Bottom said: "This man should not be anywhere near a sporting venue that locks into the ECB (English Cricket Board) code of conduct and certainly at RCC whose own code of conduct upholds the same values."

His comments on the now-deleted account - @HamerRod - upset some supporters, with remarks on former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot, Pride week in Greater Manchester and calling members of the Black Lives Matters movement "morons", "terrorists" and "vandals".

County cricket chiefs say Mr Hamer is no longer welcome at Old Trafford and have condemned his actions.

John Murphy, Lancashire Cricket Foundation’s clubs and leagues director, said: “Lancashire Cricket strongly condemns the social media posts by Ramsbottom Cricket Club chairman and treasurer, Rod Hamer.

“We will not tolerate racist, discriminatory or hateful behaviour of any kind and it has absolutely no place in the game of cricket in the country, let alone in the Red Rose county.

“This, in no way, represents what cricket, or society for that matter, stands for in Lancashire, and we will work with Ramsbottom CC during their own investigation.

“Anyone found guilty to be racist is not welcome to Emirates Old Trafford, watch Lancashire Cricket Club play or be part of the Red Rose family.”

Club officials have also distanced themselves from Mr Hamer, in a post on their own social media account over the weekend.

The statement reads: "Ramsbottom Cricket Club wishes to announce that our current chairman and treasurer Rod Hamer has stepped down from both positions with immediate effect.

"In the light of recent events, Rod has decided it is in the best interests of the club and the game in general for him to resign.

"He deeply regrets the tone and content of his recent posts on social media and would like to apologise for any offence caused.

"We would like to thank Rod for his long service and contribution to the success of Ramsbottom Cricket Club on and off the pitch over many years."

Mr Hamer was unavailable for comment.