Joe Buttler Escapes Serious Punishment

Joe Buttler Escapes Serious Punishment

Joe Buttler Escapes Serious Punishment

Buttler is fined 15 per cent of his match fee with one demerit point calling Philander a knobhead.

On the final day of Test between England and South Africa at Newlands, Joe Buttler has fortunately escaped serious punishment after he uttered profane words towards Vernon Philander.

The stump microphones are able to pick up and broadcast Buttler calling Philander a ’f***ing knobhead’ after the bowler stood his ground rather than getting out of the way from a return throw of Joe Root at mid-off. Sky Sports immediately apologized right after it has been aired accidentally. 

Buttler was fined 15% of his match fee with one demerit point for violating Article 2.3 (Use of audible obscenity) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player support Personel. It would have been a severe punishment if the umpire had judged his conduct as violating Article 2.13 (Personal abuse of a Player). 

’It was just two guys playing hard Test cricket. Emotions were running quite high and I don't think anyone overstepped the mark. You want a bit of spice on the TV anyway, don't you?’, Root stated. 

There was no formal hearing needed as Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

In level 1 breaches, a player violating the code of conduct will be granted a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, while the players are fined 50% match fee with one or two demerit points for a maximum penalty. Currently, the odds of South Africa winning is -105.25 and England with -111.11. To keep you updated, check out Betwala for more cricket odds. 

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