Samuels fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Kolkata, April 4 (IANS) Marlon Samuels of the West Indies has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for using abusive and offensive language directed at Ben Stokes during the World Twenty20 final against England at Eden Gardens here.

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Samuels, on Sunday, was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”, an ICC media release said.

The incident happened in the final over of West Indies’ run-chase when Stokes was the bowler.

Samuels admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle, and so there was no no need for a formal hearing.

The charge against Samuels was levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Bruce Oxenford.

It was found to be a level 1 violation.

For all first offences, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee.

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