Ben Stokes in hot water after appearing to swear at fan following dismissal

Ben Stokes could face disciplinary action after appearing to swear at a supporter during an angry exchange at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Stokes had just lost his wicket on the opening day of the fourth Test between England and South Africa when he reacted to apparent abuse from a member of the crowd as he walked back to the pavilion. 

The all-rounder, who was recently crowed 2019 Sports Personality of the Year, was caught on camera seemingly shouting at someone off-screen: “Say it to me outside the ground, you f*****g four-eyed c**t.”

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Stokes could now be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), and faces a possible fine or even a suspension, depending on how serious the sport’s governing body deems the incident. 

If a player accrues four demerit points within 24 months, they receive a one-Test or two-ODIs ban. Stokes currently has no demerit points on his record, having last been punished by the ICC in 2017.

At stumps on day one England, who lead the series 2-1, were 192-4, with Joe Root and Joe Denly at the crease. 

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