Ben Stokes has been handed a demerit point and docked 15 percent of his match fee after his outburst at a spectator during the ongoing Wanderers Test.
The England vice-captain was walking off the field after being dismissed by Anrich Nortje when he paused in his steps to engage in an angry outburst with a spectator. Stokes' insults were picked up the broadcasters but weren't telecast live though they were later shown and subsequently available on the social media.
"Come say that to me outside the ground, you f***ing four-eyed c***," the all-rounder appeared to say while standing near to the steps leading to the dressing room.
The incident didn’t go well with the match officials, who charged with level one offence, which is related to audible obscenity. Stokes, who had already apologized for his actions on social media, admitted the offence and as a result, there was no need for a full hearing.
"I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way," Stokes said in a public apology shared on Twitter yesterday.
This is the first demerit point he has received in a 24-month period.