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Ganguly, Warne fined 10pc of match fees

Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne have been fined 10 pc of their match fees after a fracas in a Kolkata-Jaipur tie.

cricket Updated: May 02, 2008 19:30 IST

Kolkata skipper Sourav Ganguly and Jaipur captain Shane Warne have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees after a fracas that erupted on Thursday during a Kolkata-Jaipur IPL tie.

Sourav Ganguly was on Friday fined 10 per cent of his match fees and reprimanded for forcing the on-field umpire to refer a catch to the third umpire during his side's Indian Premier League match against Jaipur on Thursday night.

The IPL also decided to suspend the on-field umpire in question, Pratap Kumar, for a match.

Warne has been fined for going to the press, TV reported.

<b1>"It has been informed by Farokh Engineer, the Referee in the IPL game between Kolkata and Jaipur in Jaipur on May 1, that he has issued an official reprimand to Sourav Ganguly, and fined him 10 per cent of his match-fee for showing dissent on the field," IPL commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi said in a statement.

"The Referee has also suspended Pratap Kumar for one match, on the grounds that there was no reason for him to accede to Ganguly's request to consult the TV umpire," it added.

The action comes after Jaipur skipper Shane Warne lambasted Ganguly for playing against the spirit of the game by not accepting fielder Graeme Smith's word on the controversial catch.

Though Jaipur decided against lodging a formal complaint against the former India skipper, the IPL decided to take action as "Ganguly's act of prevailing upon the on-field umpire to refer a decision to the TV umpire constitutes a Level I offence as per the ICCs Code of Conduct."

Kolkata lost the match by 45 runs on Thursday night making it their third defeat in a row.