Cricket player apologized for a homophobic slur against a rival after being fined

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Marcus Stoinis of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Melbourne Stars allrounder Marcus Stoinis has been slapped with a fine for yelling a hateful slur at a member of a rivaling team. He was not suspended, but fine seems to be enough for the player to reconsider his behavior. The incident occurred while Stoinis was batting during the Big Bash League derby against the Melbourne Renegades a month ago. The player was found guilty of the “personal abuse” of Kane Richardson, a level two breach of Cricket Australia’s code of conduct, and ordered to pay a $7,500 (£3,900) fine. The two sides of the conflict have actually been friends and played for one team during the World Cup. Stoinis said in a statement: “I got caught in the moment and took it too far. 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.”

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