De Kock’s appeal turned down, fine stands



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    South Africa argued provocation and cited witnesses of David Warner’s sledging, but Quinton de Kock’s level-one charge for bringing cricket into disrepute has been upheld.

    De Kock fronted a hearing chaired by match referee Jeff Crowe in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, having contested the charge resulting from an ugly staircase showdown with Warner during the first Test.

    Crowe ruled the original punishment, one demerit point and a fine of 25 per cent of de Kock’s match fee, should stand.

    The Proteas are expected to accept the verdict, something that didn’t happen when they challenged captain Faf du Plessis’ bowl-tampering charge during the ‘mint-gate’ saga.

    Du Plessis, de Kock, coach Ottis Gibson and team manager Mohammed Moosajee all attended the hearing that lasted approximately 45 minutes.

    It’s understood the Proteas wanted de Kock’s sanction downgraded to something less severe, having also been unhappy that Warner didn’t cop a level-three charge for his role in the off-field stoush.

    De Kock is understood to have admitted he made an unsavoury remark that enraged Warner, but that he was provoked by a series of barbs from Australia’s vice-captain.

    Footage emerged on Wednesday of Warner calling de Kock a “f***ing sook” as players filed off the field at tea on day four of the first Test.

    South Africa claimed they had witnesses who heard the words that Warner directed at de Kock, but Crowe ruled there was no justification for a more lenient punishment.

    De Kock and the Proteas are yet to address publicly whether the comment was about Warner’s wife, as has been suggested by the tourists.

    “I wasn’t there. I can’t speak for another person,” Gibson said, when asked prior to the hearing.

    “Quinny would not have said anything had something not been said to him in the first place.

    “If I keep poking at you all the time what will you do? I’m sure you will respond as well.”

    Gibson also argued in his press conference that “we’re appealing the level one, because we think that Quinny didn’t do anything”.

    “Quinny wasn’t aggressive,” he said.

    “The footage showed Quinny walking up the stairs and somebody else being restrained and then Quinny gets a level one. That didn’t seem fair.”

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    • March 8th 2018 @ 8:06am
      Adsa said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      So Dekock was called a sook by Warner and then he retaliates by making comments about Warners wife? Only South Africa would stand hard behind the player, any decent countries administration would cut him loose.

      • March 8th 2018 @ 11:23pm
        Bobbo7 said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:23pm | ! Report

        For what exactly? Seriously this has been blown out of proportion. Warner acted like a complete idiot (including the ABD send off) de Kock no doubt said something unacceptable… but hardly a reason for either player to be dropped.

        Let’s not forget that Warne took money for a weather report in India (or what ever his version was) and took banned substances and blamed his mum… I did not see him getting dropped.

        • March 9th 2018 @ 2:05pm
          jameswm said | March 9th 2018 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

          Didn’t Warne get suspended for about a year taking diuretics? You might want to check your facts first.

          And Warner didn’t give ABDV a send off. He was going nuts at Markram.

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