<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shane Warne apologises for spat with Marlon Samuels" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130108215128.jpg" title="Shane Warne apologises for spat with Marlon Samuels" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shane Warne was banned for one match and fined Aus$4,500 (US$4,700) over the row © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jan 8, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian bowling great <a href="/tags/Shane-Warne/post" target="_blank">Shane Warne</a> apologised Tuesday for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Shane-Warne-Marlon-Samuels-involved-in-foul-mouthed-fight/21796" target="_blank">foul-mouthed Twenty20 confrontation</a> that earned him a ban and a fine, and said he hoped he had not tarnished his legacy in the sport.<br /> <br /> Warne admitted he had gone too far in his on-field row with West Indian batsman <a href="/tags/Marlon-Samuels/post" target="_blank">Marlon Samuels</a> in Australia's <a href="/tags/Big-Bash-League/post" target="_blank">Big Bash League</a> but defended his right to show "emotion and passion".<br /> <br /> "I'm very passionate when I play the game. I overstepped the line and hence I'm missing a game," Warne, 43, told Australian broadcaster <em>Fox Sports</em>.<br /> <br /> "I thought it was a pretty harsh penalty but I was more disappointed in my own actions, especially as a captain.<br /> <br /> "It was emotion and passion. We sometimes like to see that in sportsmen and not robots.<br /> <br /> "I apologise to the fans and I apologise to everyone. Sitting and doing detention, it's not easy to watch the boys."<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Melbourne-Stars/post" target="_blank">Melbourne Stars</a> captain Warne, furious after Samuels impeded batsman David Hussey, later confronted the West Indian with an obscenity and in the following over, hurled the ball at his chest.<br /> <br /> Samuels, playing for city rivals the <a href="/tags/Melbourne-Renegades/post" target="_blank">Melbourne Renegades</a>, reacted by tossing his bat towards Australia's record Test wicket-taker and the two squared up before being separated by the umpires.<br /> <br /> Warne was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Shane-Warne-banned-for-one-match-fined-US-4-700-after-spat-with-Marlon-Samuels/21806" target="_blank">banned for one match and fined Aus$4,500 (US$4,700)</a> over the row. But he expressed hope that "one little incident" wouldn't besmirch his reputation among cricket fans.<br /> <br /> "I'd like to think of the 25 years I've been playing first-class cricket rather than just one game," he said.<br /> <br /> "I'd like to think there's a lot of positive and good things I've done for Australian cricket and all that sort of stuff over the years.<br /> <br /> "One little incident here or there (doesn't matter). I do apologise for my behaviour and I'm disappointed in my own reaction."<br /> <br /> Warne claimed 708 Test wickets in a celebrated career but he has also courted controversy, notably when he was fined for accepting money from a bookmaker and when he was sent home from the 2003 World Cup for taking a banned diuretic.<br /> <br /> The colourful Warne's woes continued on Tuesday when a Scottish court fined him £500 ($803) in absentia for driving at more than 100 miles (160 kilometres) per hour on a road with a 70 mph limit.<br /> <br /> Samuels has been replaced in the Renegades team by England batsman <a href="/tags/Alex-Hales/post" target="_blank">Alex Hales</a> after he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery into his face during Sunday's eventful game, suffering a suspected fracture of the eye socket.