Butt, Amir lose fixing appeals

Disgraced Pakistan players Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir lost their appeals yesterday against their jail sentences for spot-fixing, with England's top judge saying they had "betrayed" their country.

Salman Butt

Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge said their "notorious" case was a "carefully prepared" corruption conspiracy which rightly merited a "criminal sanction".

Mohammad Amir

On November 3, former Test captain Butt, 27, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and promising fast bowler Amir, 19, was ordered to serve six months in a young offenders' institution.

The pair were not present at the Court of Appeal in London for the hearing before Lord Judge, the head of the English judiciary, and two other judges.

They dismissed the appeals in which Butt's lawyer argued that the former skipper's sentence was "manifestly excessive", and Amir's lawyer urged the court to suspend his sentence.

"These three cricketers betrayed their team, they betrayed the country which they had the honour to represent and betrayed the sport that had given them their distinction -- and of course betrayed all the followers," Lord Judge said.

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