England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been fined, but not suspended, for swearing at a spectator during the ongoing fourth and final Test against the Proteas at the Wanderers.
The incident happened on day one at the Wanderers. The spectator reportedly likened Stokes to English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Stokes, who was leaving the field after being dismissed by fast bowler Anrich Nortje, responded with, ‘Come say that to me outside the ground, you f***ing four-eyed c***’. Stokes’ remark was broadcast, but the fan’s was not.
He apologised for the comment, but has been fined by the International Cricket Council. The penalty is 15% of his match fee. One demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record. This is a first offence for Stokes in a 24-month period.
‘I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way. As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd,’ said Stokes.
‘I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world.
‘Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans – England and South Africa – has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win.’
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was fined for calling Proteas all-rounder Vernon Philander a ‘f***ing knobhead’ earlier this series.
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