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The ECB proposes penalties and bans for ex-Yorkshire players who use racist words.

According to the England and Wales Cricket Board, former England batsman Gary Ballance should be fined £8,000 and suspended for eight weeks for using racial remarks at Yorkshire.

Ballance was one of six former Yorkshire players found by a Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel in March to have used racist remarks at the club.

The allegations were made by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.

Ballance, who retired earlier this month, admitted to the charge.

Former England bowlers Tim Bresnan and Matthew Hoggard, former Yorkshire captain and coach Andrew Gale, former Scotland bowler John Blain, and former Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah were also recommended for fines, suspensions, reprimands, and education courses by the ECB.

All five dropped out of the process and did not appear in front of the independent CDC panel in March.

CDC panel chair Tim O’Gorman stated at a hearing in London on Wednesday that a decision on sanctions for the six former players will not be made for “several weeks.”

The panel found former England captain Michael Vaughan not guilty “on the balance of probabilities” of using racist comments toward Rafiq.

Sanctions will be considered against Yorkshire, who admitted four modified counts at a hearing in late June.

The ECB decreased Ballance’s sentence from £12,500 and his suspension from 10 weeks since he acknowledged guilt and apologized to Rafiq.

Ballance, 33, was also ordered to attend an education course and admonished.

Ballance’s counsel, Craig Harris, claimed the financial penalty should be lowered because his involvement in the proceedings ended his Yorkshire career, cost him a sponsorship contract, and prevented him from being considered for England.

Ballance was released by Yorkshire at his wish in December and signed a two-year contract with his home Zimbabwe before declaring his retirement four months later.


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