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Stokes apologizes despite abuse from fans

  • Published at 06:59 pm January 25th, 2020

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".

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.

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.