South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was found guilty during the altercation with David Warner during the opening Test at the Kingsmead in Durban.
The southpaw received a demerit point and also got fined 25% of the match fees. De Kock also played a significant part in the altercation.
During the hearing on Wednesday night, match referee Jeff Crowe stated De Kock “was guilty of bringing the game into disrepute. Earlier there were several denials from South Africa’s part of De Kock being innocent.
However, he accepted the charges levied against him but argued on the seriousness of the sanction.
The wicket-keeper was accompanied by skipper Faf du Plessis and head coach Ottis Gibson. Team manager Mohammad Moosajee was also present. De Kock has admitted to saying something to Warner but only after being provoked by the latter. Two independent witnesses were being presented. They confirmed that de Kock was responding to Warner.
Warner charged with Level 2 offence
Meanwhile, the Australian opener was charged with a Level 2 offence. He also got fined 75% of the match fees. Despite accepting the charges, it has been claimed by Warner and Australia it was a response to a personal jibe taken by de Kock.
After the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe had asked the captains and managers of both teams to attend a meeting at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth to give a brief idea of the expectations relating to a particular player.
The altercation between Warner and De Kock happened on the 4th day of the opening Test. It was when the players were leaving for the dressing room on tea Warner was seen having an animated chat with De Kock. The video footage showed the Australian players restrained him in the end.
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