"You pinched his bones" - Geoffrey Boycott accuses Leicester of being unsporting over Richard III's reburial

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

OUTSPOKEN Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott claimed Leicestershire had “pinched our Yorkshire king” during a cricket commentary.

Speaking during a Test Match Special, the cricket commentator said Leicestershire only wanted the body of King Richard III to make money and said he should be returned to Yorkshire.

But Jonathan Agnew, who was commentating on the Fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford defended Leicestershire, where he lives.

They had been discussing King Lear and Shakespeare when Boycott said:

"Your lot pinched our king, our Yorkshire king. Your lot in Leicestershire where you live," he claimed.

"Pinched his bones."

But the former Leicestershire cricketer defended his home county, saying: "I don't think so, he died there, poor chap."

The former England batsman said he was king of Yorkshire, not Leicester, and should be returned.

The conversation came to an end when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was run out.

Richard III’s death at the battle of Bosworth, near Leicester, effectively ended the Wars of the Roses.

His remains were discovered under a carpark in Leicestershire.

After an unsuccessful challenge by his distant relatives in the courts over the decision to have the former king re-interred in Leicester, his remains will be officially re-buried in a week-long ceremony in Leicester Cathedral next year, opposite a Richard III visitor's centre.

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