English all-rounder Ben Stokes was fined 15% of his match fees after he was found guilty of breaching the Level 1 of the ICC Code of conduct in the fourth Test at Johannesburg.
Stokes, who was heard abusing a fan while taking his walk back to the pavilion post his dismissal, couldn’t prevent himself after the fan constantly abused him near the boundary line.
The incident was caught by the host broadcaster when the all-rounder gave it all to the South African supporter. The left-handed batsman lashed out at the spectator saying, “Come say that to me outside the ground, you @##!@@##@!@##”.
As a result, the 28-year old was reprimanded by the ICC for using fowl language and was levied under Level 1 offence. This also meant that the all-rounder was forced to give up his 15 percent of the match fees for his unacceptable behavior during the live telecast.
Stokes was also handed one demerit point for not holding true to the ICC Code of Conduct. This is the only demerit point for the English all-rounder in the past 24 months of cycle.
Realizing his mistake, Stokes was quick to address and apologize for his deed. He took to social media and shared a post via his official Twitter handle, referring to the same incident.
He apologized for the use of fowl language and was quite disheartened upon reacting in a manner which he eventually did.
“As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd. I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologize for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world, ” he wrote in his apology.
He believed that the crowd support for both the teams has been fantastic throughout the series and one such incident won’t ruin any of it in the series.
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