Warner fined for AB comments

2014-02-27 12:01

Cape Town - Australia opener David Warner has been fined 15% of his match fee after pleading guilty to a charge of making inappropriate comments about Proteas player AB de Villiers ahead of the third and final Test which starts in Cape Town on Saturday.

Warner was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match official or team participating in any International Match.

On Thursday, Warner admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Roshan Mahanama of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge related to comments made by Warner on Tuesday during an interview on Australian radio.

Warner suggested that De Villiers was in some way tampering with the ball while wearing the wicketkeeper gloves.

Explaining his decision, Mahanama said: “It was disrespectful for David to publicly denigrate an opponent when commenting on a match-related incident, and imply that a South African player was engaging in sharp practice. I’m sure David will be careful when making public comments in future.”

The range of permissible sanctions for all first Level 1 offences is a warning or reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50% of the applicable match fee.


  • Lionel Kemm - 2014-02-27 11:53

    That all,should of been banned for a game or two.Can't go around making accusations as you please.

      Maaifoedie Madmax - 2014-02-27 12:01

      He has been banned: from Brittain to Australia; and he is a convict with a mentality to go with.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-02-27 12:03

      When has he been banned?

      Ryan Govindsamy - 2014-02-27 12:15

      Blame and accusations takes focus from losers poor performance

      Lucky Luke - 2014-02-27 12:23

      banned for punching Joe Root in a bar

      John Comyn - 2014-02-27 12:34

      Madmax - call it what you want - banned/sanctioned/dropped. The ACU dropped him and he had to spend time in the B side.

      Damian Prinsloo - 2014-02-27 14:30

      The picture above is of his face when in a normal relaxed state!

      Peter L' Estrange - 2014-02-28 12:54

      His looks reflect his squiff mouth. Like some of the Ozzies who found joy ( hoo, hoo ,hoo) when Hashim was hit on his head guard in front of his mouth by Johnson.

  • Daryl Jackson - 2014-02-27 11:59

    Take his sheep away for a month!!!!!!!

      dono - 2014-02-27 12:32

      A bit harsh isn't it?

      Mario Kleynhans - 2014-02-27 12:47


      Daniel Wessels - 2014-02-27 13:43

      So now you want to stop his love life? come on Daryl have a heart.

      Johan Du Preez - 2014-02-28 09:49

      Also known as an "Australian Playstation" .....

  • Deon Jordaan - 2014-02-27 12:13

    Typical aussie can't take a loss fairly

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-27 13:05

      And they should be used to losing by now . They should learn how to lose from their Rugby and Soccer teams .

  • Leigh-Ann Ludwig - 2014-02-27 12:24

    From the so-called "nerd" of the team to a rebel without a clue or a cause. Back to school for you Davey boy!

  • Mikhail Swartz - 2014-02-27 12:26

    Only 15% ?? The Proteas get fined more heavily for having a slow over-rate.

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudí - 2014-02-27 12:52

      Yes - but is it fair to fine a slow person with a fast mouth ?

  • David Faught - 2014-02-27 12:31

    This happens when the Aussies are NOT allowed to drink on tours, SHAME ;-)

      Alfred Killian - 2014-02-28 03:21

      I am a bit worried, you take away his match fee, it means he will have less money to spend in pubs, that means that he might be batting while sober.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2014-02-28 12:34

      No wonder he bats so fast, afraid that the bars close.

  • Christoff Bell - 2014-02-27 12:31

    Haha, you act like a schoolboy you get sent to the priniciple!

  • AndreS - 2014-02-27 12:42

    Old Australian thing. Remember this during the Ashes in England where Australia lost 3-0 : "Reports on Australia's Channel Nine have suggested that English players in the Ashes have been using a ‘silicone-based tape’ on the edge of their bats to interfere with Hot Spot."

      Richard Barnes - 2014-02-27 13:21

      Nine only alleged that "players" were using the tape, they never stated nor implied that it was limited to English players. Michael Clarke refuted the allegations just as hotly as the English did.

  • Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-02-27 12:45

    Davey, if you wanna talk cheating, I have two words for you: Darrel Hare.

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-02-27 12:46

      Sorry, I have two more words:- Bryce Lawrence.

      Daniel Wessels - 2014-02-27 13:51

      I also have two, Dave Warner

  • Jesse Arries - 2014-02-27 12:59

    Is that all? He should've been fined no less than 50%...the sour baby that he is. I hope he gets a smack to the head with a kookaburra.

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-27 13:03

    Some guys , no matter how nice just look like thugs .

  • Graeme Van Greunen - 2014-02-27 13:04


  • Wayne Anthony Faulds - 2014-02-27 13:18

    Hahaha. Couldnt have happened to a more deserving guy.

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-02-27 13:29

    Stupid little thug.

  • Jaco Pieters - 2014-02-27 13:44

    The last time the Aussies lost it was KP's bat's fault, this time its AB's gloves. Interistingly enough both batsmen are(or shall I say in KP's case WERE) their teams best batsmen.

  • Kevin Daniel - 2014-02-27 13:45

    Sour grapes are expensive this season! Loser!

  • Albertus Lombaard - 2014-02-27 13:46

    I just find it ironic that a dude that was probally the luckiest batsman the world has ever seen is so bigmouth, this dude is average at best and his scores should have been below 20 in all four innings. No worries, Morkel will break a few of ribs and blue of eye or two, then Steyn will lift his middle stump. Or better, we get a part time spinner to bamboozle him a bit before trapping him lbw

      Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-02-27 14:15

      @ Albertus___did he drop himself? Look what's in the paper__that's all that counts and as for Morkel; the only ribs that he can break is his own when falling on the ball!

  • Hosni Mubar - 2014-02-27 14:10

    The Ozzies, masters of sledging and poor sportsmanship.

  • Priscilla Smith - 2014-02-27 14:22

    Hope the Newlands crowd and Dale and Morne give the little sod something to think about! And we have family members who willingly emigrated there! Of course, no one speaks to them anymore!!!

  • Simphiwe Masimula - 2014-02-27 14:23

    should have been fined 75percents!

  • Priscilla Smith - 2014-02-27 14:24

    But seriously, someone needs to give him a moerse klap to wake him up:-)

  • Sello Thantsa - 2014-02-27 14:30

    That suits him right, he should have got that hefty fine of 50% of the applicable match fee!! But overall I hope our bowlers, bowl him out for a Duck! in both Innings!! And send the Ausies home with their tales between their legs!!!!

  • Antibody Nick - 2014-02-27 14:34

    This guy deserves ducks for the rest of his career go back to Australia where everyone thinks your awesome! As for the official ICC rankings its quite clear who is the best batsman and team in the world!

  • Priscilla Smith - 2014-02-27 14:41


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  • Gavin Long - 2014-02-28 13:03

    This Warner seems to be a bit of a box

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