England’s Jos Buttler Fined For Using Obscene Language, Breaching ICC Code of Conduct
Jos Buttler and Vernon Philander exchange some words during 2nd Test between South Africa and England©Sky Sports Twitter

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Buttler was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘use of an audible obscenity during an international match’ following an incident with Vernon Philander of South Africa.

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Buttler, for whom it was the first offence during a 24-month period.

The incident occurred during South Africa’s second innings on Tuesday, when Buttler was heard using obscene language against Philander who was at the crease.

Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.

On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and reserve umpire Allahudien Palekar levelled the charges against Buttler.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of match fee, plus one or two demerit points.

On a tense final day during the second Test between SA and England, the stump mic picked up Buttler launching an expletive-laden rant at Philander who was at the crease. “Get out the f*****g way,” said Buttler, prompting Philander to stare back at him.

‘F***ing move. F***ing knobhead. Get past that f***ing gut,’ Buttler said in a frosty exchange with Philander over the stumps.

England defeated South Africa by 189 runs on the fifth day of the second Test at Newlands as Stokes produced an explosive spell of bowling.