England allrounder Ben Stokes as offered an official apology for what he described as an “unprofessional reaction” after his altercation with a member of the public during the recent Fourth test against South Africa.
The recently crowned ICC player of the year was heard using expletives towards the person in question as he made his way of the field after being dismissed for two after being caught at first slip by Rassie van der Dussen leaving England 157-4 in Johannesburg.
Speaking about the incident Stokes said;
“I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal, I should not have reacted in that way.”
After England eventual finished the day 192-4 and with the series already 2-1 up in their favour Stoke’s full statement mentioned that he was “subject to repeated abuse from the crowd” as he made his way to the tunnel however he did continue to say;
“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.”
Although his reaction was unprofessional England’s director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles came to his defence saying that although he doesn’t condone the way he reacted, several members of the England staff were subjected to personal abuse during and after play.
“It is disappointing that a member of the public has gone out of their way to abuse Ben as he was leaving the field,” Giles said.
“We have requested to the venue to ensure that security and stewarding are enhanced for the remainder of the match so players and staff members can go about their duties without provocation.”
Stokes will now have to wait and see if the International Cricket Council will charge him with a violation of their code of conduct and the “use of an audible obscenity during an international match.”
This is classed as a level one offence which carries a punishment of a fine of up to 50% of the players match fee and up to two demerit points against his name.
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