Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis faces penalty for homophobic abuse in BBL Melbourne derby

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While the cricketing fandom of Australia were on their toes for the much anticipated ‘Melbourne Derby’ between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. in the KFC Big Bash League, the Stars all rounder Marcus Stoinis gifted the spectators a match winning knock, but is facing heavy reprimand from the media and supporters, after using a homophobic slur, aimed at opposition player Kane Richardson, and has caused him a hefty fine.

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The act of directing a homophobic abuse towards another player is considered a violation of the ‘Code of Conduct’ of Cricket Australia. According to sources, Stoinis has been charged with a fine of 7,500 Australian dollars (equivalent to 5,200 US Dollars.)

Stoinis scored a stormy 68 not out from 55 balls with 7 fours and 1 six. Speaking after yesterday’s match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Stoinis had expressively apologized for his condemnable behaviour towards his compatriot.

Speaking to reporters, the 30 year old said: “I got caught in the moment and took it too far. I realised immediately I was in the wrong and I apologise to Kane and to the umpires.”

The breach of conduct were reported by the on field officials. At the end of the match, the umpires were seen having a conversation to both Stoinis and Richardson, while Aaron Finch, the Renegades captain was also present at the spot.

Stoinis continued: “I did the wrong thing and accept responsibility for my actions. The standards are there for a reason and I accept the penalty.”

Stoinis’s action is considered a level 2 offence under the code, where the penalty rangers from a fine upto $10,000 to even a one test match ban.

Sean Carroll, the head of integrity and security for Cricket Australia also made comments about the incident.

“The behaviour in this matter falls short of the standards we expect and we have acted accordingly,” Carroll told reporters.

However, former Australian cricketer Simon Katich believes the penalty should have been more severe.

“I’m not sure a financial punishment is the right way of going about it,” the 44 year old said, reminding a similar event: “Given that we’ve had a couple of incidents of this throughout the summer.”

Just six weeks ago, fellow Australian cricketer James Pattinson had faced the same accusation. However, being the third breach of code in a window of 18 months, Pattinson was charged with a level 3 offense, and the pacer faced a one match ban in the first match of the test series against Pakistan in November.

The match saw a victory for the Stars- who chased the 143 target set by the Renegades, winning the match by 8 wickets.

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