After his dramatic melt-down with Marlon Samuels at the MCG on Sunday, Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne has been banned for one Big Bash League game and fined 3500 Australian Dollars.
Warne and Samuels, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades, engaged in both a verbal and physical confrontation, with Warne swearing at the West Indian and the latter in turn throwing his bat across the pitch.
The incident began when Samuels, while bowling in the first innings, tugged at batsman David Hussey's shirt while he tried to run for a second. This infuriated Warne, Hussey's skipper. Then, while Warne himself was bowling, he raged at Samuels, grabbed his shirt, and shouted 'F*@k you, mate!'
The umpires then intervened, with many players getting involved in the argument. A few minutes later, Warne threw the ball into Samuels' torso while ostensibly throwing it back to the wicketkeeper. This enraged Samuels, who flung his bat in the air and advanced towards Warne, before being stopped.
The entire incident overshadowed the Renegades' win, and added to that was the fact that Samuels had to retire hurt with an injured eye after being hit by a Lasith Malinga delivery. His punishment has not yet been announced.
Warne was accepting of his punishment, though he felt the ban was harsh as it could mean his BBL season is over if the team does not advance further in the contest. The former Australia spinner Tweeted: "I have decided to accept my penalty of a 1 match ban !
"Let's hope the boys can win tomorrow and we can make the semi finals... Thanks for support guys, sport can be an emotional & at times very passionate too. I went to far in trying to stand up for the team !!"
He added: "I'm disappointed at some of my actions last night as captain and as a player, but I'm also very disappointed at the severe penalty I received!"
Samuels will likely miss any further action, whether he is banned or not, as his eye socket was damaged by the top edge into his face.
"Marlon is recovering in the team hotel and will be taking time off to care for his injury," said Renegades coach Simon Helmot.
"We're now waiting for the swelling around his eye to subside before determining the full extent of the blow.
"We are also assessing what, if anything, this means in terms of squad composition for the remainder of the tournament and will take action to source an international replacement if necessary.
"You've got to feel for Marlon and we're continuing to do everything we can as a team to support him during his recovery."