West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy and Ireland bowler John Mooney have been fined by the ICC for using inappropriate language in the match five of the World Cup 2015 at Nelson, which Ireland won by 4 wickets on February 16th.
Both players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees by ICC Match Referee Chris Broad for violating Level 1 Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International match”.
Sammy was heard using foul language during his batting, while Mooney repeatedly cursed after a fielder dropped a catch in the 45th over.
Sammy, who also came for the post-match conference from West Indies setup, started it by apologising for the incident.
“I’ve been handed a breach of the code of conduct for a swear word, so I’d like to apologise to the viewers for that, especially the young kids listening,” he said.
Last week, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that during the World Cup if there is any inappropriate happening especially related to language or threatening behaviour, then the penalty would be a “little more serious or higher than before”.
“The crackdown has already started. First offence you’ll likely end up with a fine, which no player likes. Repeat offence … some players already sitting with some offences behind their name, will be punished with a suspension.
“We’re not expecting too much trouble. Hopefully those who get a little bit excited on occasions will keep their calm.”