London: England batsman Mark Butcher apologised on Thursday after being fined 1,000 Pounds ($ 1,470) and 500 pounds costs ($ 735) for claims in a newspaper column that Sri Lanka bowler Ruchira Perera was a 'thrower'.
Surrey left-hander Butcher issued his apology after appearing before an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary panel at Lord's. His comments were made in the 'Croydon Advertiser' after left-arm paceman Perera's suspect action was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by match officials following last month's drawn First Test at Lord's. Butcher's remarks broke both the ICC Code of Conduct and his England contract, which prohibits players' making personal attacks. At first Butcher refused to accept a fine imposed by the ECB, thought to be around 1,600 Pounds ($ 2,352). "The matter has been discussed at length, I have already apologised for the comments that were made in the article and the decision was made that it was a breach of my contract, so I shall stand by that," Butcher said on Thursday. "I realise it caused some trouble to the Sri Lankan Board and Perera himself and I realise the comments were perhaps inappropriate. As soon as the story came out I knew I had made an error of judgement." Meanwhile, an ECB statement said: "The panel took into account that an immediate apology was made after the publication appeared." Butcher, who is recovering from knee surgery, has 14 days to appeal against the decision.
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