Samuels escapes punishment in spat with Warne

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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013, 16:35 [IST]
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Samuels escapes punishment in Warne spat

Melbourne, Jan 21: Marlon Samuels has been let off with official reprimand in the hearing by Cricket Australia (CA) over the West Indies player's involvement in an ugly on-field spat with Shane Warne during the Big Bash League recently.

Samuels, playing for Melbourne Renegades and Warne, the captain of Melbourne Stars, almost came to blows during a heated exchange in Melbourne on January 6. Samuels had flung his bat during at the legspinner but had not hit the Australian.

For that incident, Warne was handed a one-match suspension and fined $4,700 while Samuels' hearing was posptoned as he was in hospital following an injury to his eye in the same game.

The hearing took place on Monday and Code of Conduct commissioner John Price felt Samuels' reaction was due to "extreme provocation" from Warne. Samuels received an official reprimand for "Unbecoming Behaviour."

Another charge to "Engage in Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or official" was dismissed.


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