Mike Atherton says “you have got to hold your tongue” as a player regardless of abuse.
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: / 009 / 31 7: pm
Former England captain Michael Atherton says players must not react to abuse from spectators after Ben Stokes was involved in an altercation in Johannesburg.
Ben Stokes has apologized after swearing at a spectator during England’s fourth Test against South Africa on Friday.
The England all-rounder was filmed using expletives in a reaction to a comment from the crowd, as he was departing the field following his dismissal shortly before close.
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Stokes had been caught in the slips by Rassie van der Dussen as England fell to – 4 on day one in Johannesburg.
In a statement Released after the close of play, Stokes said: “I wish to apologize for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal.
” As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abus e form the crowd.
“I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world.
“Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win. “