Australian and Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was recently fined $7500 for uttering an ugly homophobic slur towards Melbourne Renegades’ fast bowler Kane Richardson during a BBL clash between the two sides on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was charged with ‘personal abuse’ of Kane Richardson under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct and accepted his mistake.
The remark had come when Stoinis was batting and in a fit of rage, hurled the hurting and damning slur towards his 2019 World Cup teammate Richardson. During the hearing over his mistake, Stoinis accepted the level-two charge and his penalty, leaving the BBL’s leading run-scorer free to play in the Stars’ clash with Sydney Thunder on Wednesday.
Marcus Stoinis called Richardson a homophobic insult
Though any of the reports didn’t reveal the exact words uttered by Stoinis, Fairfax media have reportedly revealed that the all-rounder called Richardson a “Fa**ot”. Former Australia player Simon Katich felt that the financial penalty doesn’t do much in such cases and called on the Cricket Australia to give instant bans for uttering such words.
“I’m not sure a financial punishment is the right way of going about it, given we’ve had a couple of instances of this throughout the summer now. It’s something they’d be keen to stamp out. I’m not sure a financial penalty is that significant,” Katich was quoted as saying by SEN after James Pattinson was also fined for a similar incident during a Sheffield Shield match, which was his third offense.
Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis admitted that he crossed the line as he was exchanging heated words with Kane Richardson, who he calls a friend the whole night during the encounter. “I realized immediately I was in the wrong and I apologize to Kane and to the umpires. I did the wrong thing and accept responsibility for my actions. The standards are there for a reason and I accept the penalty,” Stoinis had said.
Cricket Australia’s head of integrity Sean Carroll called such behavior falls short of the standards that are expected by the board of their players. He further mentioned that the board had acted accordingly and said there is no place for such issues and occurrences in the game of cricket.
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