Melbourne Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been fined $7,500 for using a homophobic slur against an opposition player during the Melbourne derby versus the Renegades at the MCG on Saturday night.
- Stoinis made the slur against Melbourne Renegades’ Kane Richardson in the Big Bash
- This is the second such offence this season, after Victoria’s James Pattinson was suspended for a match for personal abuse in a Sheffield Shield game in November
- Pattinson’s suspension came for a third offence, whereas Stoinis’s incident was his first infraction
Stoinis hit a match-winning knock of 68 not out off 55 balls, but after the match he did not challenge a charge of breaching Cricket Australia’s code of conduct for an incident involving Renegades’ paceman Richardson.
Stoinis was found guilty of a level-two breach for personal abuse aimed at Richardson while Stoinis was batting in the Stars’ eight-wicket win over their crosstown rivals.
When the match ended, umpires Gerard Abood and Phillip Gillespie spoke to Stoinis and then Richardson, before reporting the breach to match referee Daryl Harper.
Stoinis later fronted a hearing, accepted the charge without challenge and was fined.
Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and security, Sean Carroll, said the decision to hand Stoinis a level-two breach and fine him was the appropriate course of action.
“The behaviour in this matter falls short of the standards we expect and we have acted accordingly,” Carroll said.
“There is no place for it in the game.”
Stoinis issued an apology in a statement after the hearing.
“I got caught in the moment and took it too far,” the 30-year-old said.
“I realised immediately I was in the wrong and I apologise 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.”
The penalty leaves the BBL’s leading run scorer free to play in his team’s clash with Sydney Thunder on Wednesday.
It comes after James Pattinson was banned from the opening Test of the summer for a homophobic slur that attracted the same grade-two charge.
However, in that instance it was Pattinson’s third offence, while this marks Stoinis’s first indiscretion.