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"Foul mouth Hussain," SL media calls former England captain

A Sri Lankan daily on Friday accused England's Nasser Hussain of having a "foul mouth," and alleged the former skipper used a four letter word.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 12:46 IST
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Sri Lanka's state-run newspaper on Friday accused England's Nasser Hussain of having a "foul mouth," and alleged the former skipper used a four letter word against spinning ace Muthiah Muralitharan.

Hussain was called before an International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing after the close of play on the second day of the second Test Thursday at Kandy after Sri Lanka complained the former England skipper had abused Muralitharan.

West Indian match referee Clive Lloyd clear Hussain of the charges because of a lack of evidence.

"Foul mouth Hussain escapes punishment," Sri Lanka's Daily News said Friday in a headline.

"Hussain, under whose captaincy there was a lot of ill-feeling during the last Test series in 2001, has started a similar campaign in the ongoing Test series," the newspaper said of the incident.

Hussain had allegedly used an expletive to Muralitharan, Sri Lanka's top cricketer, when describing him as a chucker and a cheat, the Daily News said.

Lloyd said the evidence available did not warrant further action against Hussain.

"We had video evidence and there is nothing to show that Hussain made that statement," Lloyd said in a statement.

"But having looked at what happened when Muralitharan arrived it is obvious that something was said, but we have no evidence of what the exact words that were said to him.

Lloyd said he had talks with the managers of both the teams and warned them of harsh actions for any future violations.

"I have warned them that as of tomorrow anything that is said contravening this code of conduct would he dealt with very harshly," he said.

"Some of the guys are young, some are seasoned professionals. I think the older ones should inculcate the right sort of mannerism where cricket is concerned."

Hussain was not available for comment.

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 12:46 IST

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