Senior Australian umpire, Gerard is slapped with a 5000 AUD fine for arguing his son’s dismissal in an under-13 game. It is believed that he used inappropriate language with the on-field umpires.
Abood, a member of Cricket Australia’s panel, on Thursday was penalized by the board for questioning a decision where his son got run out at the score of 98 runs on the last delivery of the innings on Sunday. His son’s side lost the under-13 junior cricket match by three wickets.
Later, a complaint was registered to Cricket Australia by the St George District Cricket Association in Sydney. The board stated that Abood’s conduct was “contrary to the spirit of cricket” and “unbecoming of a representative or official.” He allegedly used “foul or intimidating language” with the field umpire.
Gerard Abood admitted his mistake
Gerard Abood admitted that he was wrong to challenge the decision. The 48-year-old umpire accepted that he has breached CA’s code of conduct and apologized for that, however, denied the allegations of using foul language with the onfield umpires. Abood promises to work hard and restore his hurt reputation.
Abood was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald saying, “I accept that I have breached Cricket Australia’s code of conduct and apologize unreservedly. I am sincerely sorry for my part in this incident and will work hard to restore my reputation.”
Abood has officiated in 8 T20Is and a solitary ODI match in his international umpiring career. As a punishment, he is ordered to complete 20 hours of voluntary service, including training the domestic umpires through Cricket NSW (New South Wales), in the next 12 months.