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Gibbs appeal against match ban rejected

Gibbs appeal against match ban rejected

South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs will miss three matches after losing his appeal Thursday against a ban for using offensive language about Pakistan supporters.
The ruling by International Cricket Council appeals commissioner Richie Benaud means Gibbs will not be eligible for South Africa's third test against Pakistan, which starts Friday in Cape Town. He also is banned for the first of the five one-day internationals between the two sides and one Twenty20 match.
ICC match referee Chris Broad banned Gibbs last week after the player called Pakistan supporters "a bunch of bloody animals" during the first test at Centurion. Gibbs has since apologized.
Gibbs was found guilty of breaching the code of conduct by using "any language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, color, descent or national or ethic origin."
"My view is that the sentence imposed by Mr. Broad is correct and accordingly the appeal is dismissed," Benaud said in a written statement.
Gibbs' remarks were picked up by stump microphones on the ground. At a teleconference Wednesday, he and his lawyer argued that the microphones should have been switched off by the television network involved.
Benaud rejected that argument.
"With the benefit of some experience I am able to add that players, no matter where they may be, should always bear in mind that a microphone could be `live,'" said Benaud, a former Australian captain. "If you do not use the words, they do not get to air."
However, Benaud stressed there was no evidence that Gibbs was a racist, despite the offensive nature of his comments.
"As an Appeals Commissioner and a person, I certainly do not consider Herschelle to be a racist and I take great exception to the suggestion," he wrote.
Benaud expressed surprise that South Africa players did not draw the attention of match officials to the abuse they were receiving from sections of the Pakistan fans.
"I find it extraordinary that apparently the umpires were never brought into the problem by the captain, or the players, or by Mr. Gibbs himself," Benaud said.
Benaud's decision is binding.
The original sanction was a two-test ban, but ICC rules specify that the ban should apply to the next matches in which the player is scheduled to play. Gibbs played in this week's second test in Port Elizabeth, won by Pakistan to level the series.


Updated : 2021-04-23 00:46 GMT+08:00