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Buttler fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct


England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

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A 15 per cent fine for England players’ Test match fees is equivalent to about A$4,000.

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The incident took place during South Africa’s second innings on Tuesday, when an outrageous Buttler was heard throwing obscene words towards Proteas all-rounder Vernon Philander at the crease on the final day of the second Test at Newlands.

In the match, the tourists sealed a 189-run victory and leveled the series.

Buttler 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” following the occurrence.

On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and reserve umpire Allahudien Palekar leveled the charges.

The England wicket-keeper batsman admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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

The third match of the series gets under way in Port Elizabeth next Thursday.

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