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WT20: Marlon Samuels fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Kolkata: Marlon Samuels of the West Indies was today fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 final against England at Eden Gardens.

England's Ben Stokes looks on as West Indies's Marlon Samuels gestures after victory in the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata. Pic/AFP
England's Ben Stokes looks on as West Indies's Marlon Samuels gestures after victory in the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata. Pic/AFP

Samuels 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".

The incident happened in the final over of West Indies' run-chase when Samuels used abusive and offensive language directed at Ben Stokes.

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Samuels admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge were levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

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

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