Michael Clarke (above) was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for sledging James Anderson © Getty Images
Nov 26, 2013
Channel Nine on Tuesday apologised to Australia skipper Michael Clarke after he was fined for sledging James Anderson during the first Ashes 2013-14 Test match at Brisbane.
”It’s obviously a very rare and isolated error on our part, and we’ll do our best to ensure it never happens again,” Nine’s head of sport, Steve Crawley told the Sydney Morning Herald.
”He an outstanding Australian cricket captain who’s just led his team to a marvellous and historic win. He doesn’t need or deserve that to be tarnished by our error and we of course apologise,” he added.
Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh made his disappointment clear.
”Channel Nine do a fantastic job but we’re really disappointed on this occasion that what should have happened on the field was broadcast to millions of living rooms and one of our key players and captain ends up getting sanctioned and in some respects attention that I don’t think was warranted,” he said.
Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee as he was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match.