Geoffrey Boycott’s claims he did not assault his then girlfriend are ridiculous, her son says.

Shane Moore condemned allegations that his mum Margaret, 67, was not the victim of domestic abuse as “a joke” and “all wrong”.

Shane, who works in Monaco on the French Riviera, also revealed she is too ill to talk.

Domestic violence charities have been appalled by the decision to give cricket legend Boycott, 78, a knighthood.

It was awarded to the former England captain in Theresa May ’s resignation honours list.

Margaret Moore's bruises after the attack
 

A French judge who convicted Boycott said she stands by the guilty verdict. The Yorkshireman was convicted in 1998 of assaulting Ms Moore in a hotel in France two years previously.

She was left with black eyes. A court was told he hit her 20 times.

The retired judge, Dominique Haumant, who said Boycott’s conduct in court was “arrogant” and “deplorable”, added: “I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen.

“I’m told she will take a sword and anoint him on each shoulder. He doesn’t deserve it.” Boycott has always denied he assaulted Ms Moore.

Dominique Haumant described Boycott's conduct in court as 'arrogant'
 

Reacting to the fury at the knighthood, he said he “couldn’t give a toss”.

He was first convicted in his absence. Boycott successfully appealed to have the verdict set aside and he was in court for a second trial.

It was presided over by Ms Haumant who has reportedly said: “His version was Madame Moore had fallen on the carpet... I remarked ‘she didn’t get two black eyes falling on the thick carpet of a luxury hotel’.

“He claimed it was an accident, but... I thought he was guilty and I stand by that. He appealed and my judgment was upheld.”

The former England cricketer announced he 'couldn't give a toss' about the criticism

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Boycott was fined £5,300 and got a three-month suspended jail sentence. The commentator said in a BBC interview after being given the knighthood: “It’s a court case in France where you’re guilty until you’re proved innocent...

“That’s totally the opposite from England and it’s very difficult to prove you’re innocent in another country and another language.

“Most people in England don’t believe it. I didn’t do it.”