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Ben Stokes fined for altercation with fan


England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been fined 15 percent of his match fees for an altercation with a spectator on day one of the fourth Test in South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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He has also been handed one demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday.

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Stokes, 28, was shown on television swearing towards a fan as he walked off the field after being caught for two runs in England’s first innings.

Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, ICC stated. He also apologised for his ‘unprofessional behavior.’

Earlier in Friday a statement from Stokes, said he has been subject to “repeated abuse from the crowd”.

He said,

“I admit 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,” Stokes added.

Stokes’ comments are a level one breach under article 2.3 of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct, relating to “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”.

The International Cricket Council statement read, “England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the opening day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.

“Stokes was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.

“In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Stokes, for whom it was the first offence during a 24-month period.”

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