The Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann Fine to Be Paid by Triple M Radio Station
Australia coach Darren Lehmann's comments about England bowler Stuart Broad have resulted in a sanction by the International Cricket Council.
Lehmann was fined 20 percent of his match fee for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval after controversial comments about Broad in an interview with an Australian radio station.
UPDATE: Friday, August 23, at 11:15 a.m. BST by Ben Blackmore
Sky Sports reports Triple M radio station will pay the fine:
"Triple M can't let Boof take all the blame for something that happened on our station," said the radio network on its website.
"He's a mate and a great bloke and we'll be coughing up the match fine on his behalf."
---End of update---
Calling Broad a "cheat" for refusing to walk after a clear edge in the first Test of the series at Trent Bridge, Lehmann called on his homeland to make the 27-year-old's life a misery when he played in the return series this winter:
Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past. I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard.
From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home. I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous.
The ICC judged that Lehmann was guilty of violating rules relating to acceptable comments about fellow players, with Chief Executive David Richardson saying in a written statement:
Whilst noting the context and nature of the comments made, showing mutual respect for one’s fellow professionals - including for coaches, players and match officials - is a cornerstone of how we play the game.
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The same statement noted that Lehmann, 43, admitted the charge and accepted his punishment without appeal, which eliminated the need for a formal hearing.
Lehmann has not made a public comment on the reaction to his radio interview, but has praised the Australian contingent in the crowd at The Oval as Australia press themselves into a good position in the match.
Great support by Aussie fans today at the Oval ! Thank you very much ! We love it .— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) August 21, 2013
The tourists, however, have already lost the series and are 3-0 down with the final match in progress.
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