Warne banned for one match

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    Melbourne Stars Big Bash League captain Shane Warne has been suspended for one match and fined $4500 after being found guilty of three out of four charges stemming from Sunday night’s clash with Melbourne Renegades.

    Warne is not expected to speak with reporters following Monday’s hearing which has just been completed.

    The veteran is set to miss Tuesday’s game against Sydney Thunder at the MCG, although an appeal is under consideration.

    Warne was found guilty of making “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” during a heated exchange with Renegades allrounder Marlon Samuels and of using language that was “obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature”.

    He was also found to have dissented an umpire’s decision.

    But the veteran leg-spinner was cleared of another charge of throwing the ball at or near the West Indian in an “inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.”

    Warne charged up to Samuels soon after the West Indian arrived at the crease, tugged at his shirt, swore at him and gestured angrily.

    It was seemingly remonstration for an incident earlier in the match when Samuels grabbed Stars batsman David Hussey’s shirt to prevent him attempting a run.

    Warne also struck batsman Samuels on the body with the ball with an underarm throw while fielding.

    Samuels, who hurled his bat in response to Warne’s antics, is also facing several charges, although it is uncertain when they will be heard as he is nursing a suspected serious eye injury which could end his BBL campaign.

    Samuels has been charged with “unbecoming behaviour” and with making “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact”.

    Stars batsman Cameron White earlier received a suspended fine of $1000 after he pleaded guilty to showing dissent to an umpire’s decision.

    Warne is now expected to speak with reporters shortly.

    Warne claimed he’d been harshly treated.

    “For me as the Melbourne Stars (captain) I’m very conscious of the image of the game,” Warne said.

    “I’m disappointed in some of my actions last night. Also I’m pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too.

    “I think that was pretty harsh. We’ll keep you updated through the day (on a possible appeal) and see what happens.”

    Stars’ chief executive Clint Cooper said the BBL’s highest-profile club were considering their legal options.

    “At some point throughout the day we’ll be issuing a formal statement of what that process will be,” he said.

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • January 7th 2013 @ 12:39pm
      Sandy B said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      Warnes status as a great bowler remains undiminished.

      However, his status as a goose is confirmed…..

      • January 7th 2013 @ 1:17pm
        L(iz) Hurley said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

        Excellent statement, totally agree

    • January 7th 2013 @ 12:41pm
      jameswm said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

      They should also give Warnie 100 hours of community service, to be spent coaching and mentoring Zampa – on bowling, not boganism.

      • January 7th 2013 @ 12:47pm
        Red Kev said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

        Make it 200 hours for Zampa and Boyce (no point putting all the eggs in one basket).

        • January 7th 2013 @ 1:03pm
          jameswm said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

          Faur enough, and Boyce just happens to be a Qlder, right?!?!

          Any others? Are there any leggies out there at all? I had some hopes for Smith’s bowling, but he went the other way and focused on his wishy washy natting instead. Surely Warnie (or someone else) could have improved him significantly.

          • January 7th 2013 @ 1:15pm
            Red Kev said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

            Boyce also happens to have played 22 first-class matches instead of just 1.

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      January 7th 2013 @ 12:48pm
      Dane Eldridge said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

      That fine is going to hit Warney hard.

      He should be able to find enough in spare change on the floor of his Porsche to cover it.

      • January 8th 2013 @ 4:52pm
        Australian Rules said | January 8th 2013 @ 4:52pm | ! Report

        Actually, Shane drives a black lamborghini.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 12:50pm
      Gavin Maslen said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      Should have gone for at least 2, it was only because the ridiculous underarm into Samuels was given the benefit of the doubt as an accident. It wasn’t, it was deliberate and it was gutless too.

      Warne swore at the umpire when a 50/50 bouncer was called a wide, it was there for all to see. He repeatedly swore at Samuels saying “F you Marlo, F you.” he then twirled his finger round his ear, indicating Samuels was a few pickets short of a fence. Just prior to that he under armed a ball into him. Everyone saw this.

      This is behaviour from a guy who’s miked up and is the PR face of the BBL. He reckons the penalty was harsh. I really don’t think so.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 1:33pm
      Christo the Daddyo said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

      I hope the Stars don’t make the final as that means last night’s debacle will the last time Warne will ever be on a cricket field. The thing that frustrates me so much is that the guy has so much cricketing talent and nous. His on-field commentary was brilliant – about the only player who actually provided something interesting to say when miked up.

      But a rolled gold knob of the highest order.

      • January 8th 2013 @ 1:40am
        Tenash said | January 8th 2013 @ 1:40am | ! Report

        there is no way that warne would let that be his last match if stars don’t make finals he will play bbl03

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:38pm
      Rob said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

      Warne is quickly turning from one of our most beloved sportsman to one of the most dispised. If tomic can win a couple more matches warne is sure to take the mantle from him.

      The guy is a botoxed bellend

      • January 8th 2013 @ 12:32pm
        Winston said | January 8th 2013 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        Not sure about that. Everyone loves a sporting bad boy. Clearly the fine is nothing to him, and from the reaction around the ground that night it seems like everyone was enjoying his antics. If I was him I’d keep going, and further, and will probably end up scoring more ads in the process!

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