Saturday 12 March 2011 

Swann Fined For Comments During Bangladesh Defeat

Swann Fined For Comments During Bangladesh Defeat
Swann Fined For Comments During Bangladesh Defeat
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England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been fined ten percent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct.

He was charged with a Level 1 offence during his side's two-wicket defeat to Bangladesh, the breach relating to 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match'.

The incident occurred during the 26th over of Bangladesh's innings when Swann, frustrated with the effect dew was having on the ball, made 'unacceptable' comments to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Daryl Harper.

Swann pleaded guilty to the charge having also apologised for his actions one over later.

"Graeme became frustrated and upset at the condition of the second ball in use during the Bangladesh innings," match referee Jeff Crowe said.

"His comments to the on-field umpires during the 26th over of the innings were unacceptable and an over later Graeme, realizing this, made a genuine apology to the umpires for his actions. While it was recognized that, because of the dew, this was a difficult period to be in the field it is also a fact that these conditions are not uncommon on the sub-continent.

"At the conclusion of the match Graeme accepted the sanction and there was no need for a full hearing."

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