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Stokes apologized but punished

 Sports Desk

 Published: 11:07 PM, 25 January 2020   Updated: 11:07 PM, 25 January 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Ben Stokes has apologized for his slung language to a fan, but could still face an ICC sanction, on the first day of England's final Test against South Africa.

The ICC fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching the Level-1 code of conduct. Besides, a demerit point has also been added next to the English all-rounder's name.

England won the toss and elected to bat at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. Stokes was dismissed for only 2 runs in this match. On the way back to the pavilion, he used a slung language to a fan. 

Broadcasters capture the moment when Stokes' behavior is not shown directly on TV. Later that moment goes viral through social media. However, the viewer's comment did not appear on the broadcast. The specter said that Stokes looks like English singer Ed Sheeran. The all-rounder took the issue negatively.

After such an incident, Stokes came to social media and apologized for this. In a statement, he said, "I am sorry for the language that is heard in the broadcast after I leave. I shouldn't have done that. While I was playing, there was also abuse from the audience. I again say my behavior was amateurish and I sincerely apologize for it. Particularly there are younger fans who watch television games."

However, the ICC did not apology the English all-rounder. Use of an audible obscenity during an International Match is considered a Level One offense - the least serious - and carries a penalty of one demerit point. Stokes does not have any active demerit points, so the penalty - and any accompanying fine - would amount to little more than a slap on the wrist.