The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to fine Essex £5000 after a number of players were found guilty of breaches of its Code of Conduct over a 12-month period.
Furthermore, captain James Foster has been handed a two-game ban by the ECB.
A statement issued by a Cricket Discipline Commission Panel explained the charges - both against the club and Foster - read as follows:
"We are disappointed that Essex had taken no prompt action following Umpires’ reports on misconduct of players.
"No management policy to safeguard against potential future incidents is in place.
"We feel the appropriate penalty is a fine of £5000.
"The regulations make it absolutely clear that the Captain is responsible for discipline on the field and ensuring no repetition occurs.
"We have taken into account the penalty imposed by Essex on the Captain for his misconduct but in our view the Captain’s responsibilities are great and we conclude that taking all the mitigation into account that the correct penalty for the Captain is an immediate 2-match suspension from matches in Essex’s First Xl programme.
"Essex are ordered to make a £300 contribution towards the costs of the hearing.
"No further comment will be made."
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