Ben Stokes apologises for using foul language to fan
England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has apologised for his foul-mouthed reaction to a crowd during the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.
The television views showed Stokes was returning to the pavilion after being dismissed when he became involved in an angry exchange with a spectator. The English mainstay performer seemingly enraged by the comments thrown to him where he was referred to red-haired pop singer Ed Sheeran.
However Stokes, admitting his mistake, apologized through social media post saying his extreme reaction was unprofessional on his part.
“I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today for my dismissal,”
“I shouldn’t have reacted in that way.”
The 28-year old also said the reaction was subjected to “repeated abuse from the crowd.”
Although this is not the first time Ben Stokes is involved in an altercation, he has been diffusely supported by England managing director of cricket Ashley Giles who revealed English cricketers and members of support staff suffered personal abuse during the tour.
“It is disappointing that a member of the public has gone out of their way to abuse Ben as he was leaving the field. Ben is fully aware he should not have reacted in the way that he did and apologises for his actions,” Giles said.
“In addition to this incident, members of our support staff were subjected to personal abuse during and after the day’s play.
“We have requested to the venue to ensure security and stewarding are enhanced for the remainder of the match so players and staff members can go about their duties without provocation,” he added.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 24, 2020
“Given the regulations that we play under, the players just have to learn to hold their tongue I’m afraid.”
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