Stokes described his reaction at the Wanderers as "unprofessional"
England star Ben Stokes apologized Friday for his angry exchange with a fan during the fourth and final Test match against South Africa but claimed he was the victim of "repeated abuse".
Stokes described his reaction at the Wanderers as "unprofessional".
😬 Someone didn't seem to be happy! 🤬— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 24, 2020
Ben Stokes appeared to get into an altercation with someone as he made his way off the pitch in today's Test match action.
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English cricket chiefs, however, claimed staff and players were subjected to "personal abuse during and after the day's play".
Stokes, the outstanding player in a series which England lead 2-1, stopped briefly as he left the field after being dismissed for just two and appeared to challenge a spectator, who evidently insulted him.
A clip of the incident was immediately distributed on social media.
Witnesses told the Guardian newspaper that a middle-aged man, wearing a South Africa one-day cricket team shirt, had targeted Stokes, allegedly calling him a "ginger cunt" and likening him to pop star Ed Sheeran.
Fruity language from Ben Stokes OBE pic.twitter.com/bgPmDfrw28— BonnyriggBlues (@BonnyriggBlues) January 24, 2020
England all-rounder Stokes could face disciplinary action for uttering an audible obscenity, which is a level one offence according to the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.
England were 192/4 at the end of the rain-shortened first day.