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Samuels charged after clash with Warne

l MELBOURNE

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been charged with two offences following his ugly clash with Shane Warne during a match between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash league on Sunday.

Samuels, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades, has been charged with engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player and unbecoming behaviour. The second charge breaches Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour which states that "players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket".

The clash, which happened in phases and which overshadowed the game, involved shirt grabbing, bat and ball throwing as well as the use of expletives. Cricket Australia confirmed the list of charges on Monday, most of which were slapped on Warne, captain of Melbourne Stars.

Warne was found guilty of three: showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision; engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player; and using obscene, offensive or generally insulting language to another player.

The world class spinner was found not guilty of throwing the ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.

Warne has been suspended for one match and was fined US$4500 following the fracas at the MCG, while Cricket Australia is yet to confirm a time for Samuels' hearing. –CMC

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