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Buttler fined for foul-mouthed tirade aimed at Philander

England wicketkeeper 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.

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 an incident with South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander.

Buttler sanctioned by the ICC

With England searching for three more wickets to win and the Proteas tail trying to hold on to claim a draw, things got pretty heated when a throw from mid-off hit South Africa allrounder Philander.

Buttler expressed his frustration by unleashing a volley of obscenities at the batsman, telling Philander: “Out of the fucking way. Fucking move. No one is going to fucking give it to you, just move. Fucking knobhead. Fucking get past that fucking gut.”

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Buttler, for whom it was the first offence during a 24-month period. Buttler had previously been given a demerit for a clash with Bangladesh players in 2016 but those fell away in 2018.

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South Africa’s Vernon Philander(L) plays a shot as England’s Jos Buttler(L) looks on during the first day of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and England at The SuperSport Park Stadium at Centurion near Pretoria on December 26, 2019. (Photo by Catherine Kotze / AFP)

The incident occurred during South Africa’s second innings on Tuesday, when Buttler was heard using obscene language with Philander at the crease.

Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned.

Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player. Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged

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