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Stokes was fined for using offensive language and gestures against Faulkner
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after he was involved in an on-field confrontation with Australia all-rounder James Faulkner during the fourth ODI in Perth.
The incident occurred in the 42nd over of Australia’s innings when Stokes used offensive language and gestures against Faulkner after dismissing him.
Stokes was found guilty of breaching 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 charges against Stokes were brought by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and John Ward, third umpire Ranmore Martinesz and reserve umpire Simon Fry.
Speaking about the decision to fine Stokes, match referee Andy Pycroft said: “Mr Stokes’ reaction was a clear breach of the Code as players are expected to respect their opponents at all times, no matter what the match situation is. This is a cornerstone of how we play the game.”