Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.
Kohli was called to account after he was reported for making an obscene gesture towards the crowd on day two of the second Test against Australia in Sydney.
He pleaded guilty to the charge having breached article 2.2.8 which relates to "using language or gesture(s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person during an International Match."
ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle explained: "Kohli pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised for his action. As such, under the provisions of the code, I determined the matter as there was no requirement for a full hearing."
A 50 per cent fine is the minimum punishment for breaching a Level 2 offence.
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