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South African Bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe Banned for Eight Years

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has banned former Proteas and Highveld Lions player Lonwabo Tsotsobe, for several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel (“the Code”).

CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “Mr. Tsotsobe has ultimately admitted his mistakes in contravening the CSA Anti-Corruption Code and while no fix actually took place, it is clear that he was active in plans to participate in spot-fixing and hence the sanction imposed on him.”

Tsotsobe was together with five other players charged with; one charge of contriving to fix a match in the 2015 RAM SLAM; two charges of failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption Officer the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; two charges of failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant; three charges of failing or refusing to co-operate with an investigation (including failing to provide accurate and complete information); and two charges of obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence and concealing information that was relevant to the investigation.

The charged admitted to the contraventions of the code and the ban ranges between two to 12 years.

Tsotsobe said, [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I wish to apologize to cricket lovers all over the world. I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot-fixing.[/perfectpullquote]

“There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse.”

The ban in terms of CSA’s Anti-Corruption Code prevents Tsotsobe from participating in, or being involved in any capacity in, any international or domestic match or any other kind of function, event or activity (other than authorised anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programmes) that are authorised, organised, sanctioned, recognised or supported in any way by CSA, the ICC, a National Cricket Federation or any member of a National Cricket Federation.

The ban will run for eight years from 24 April 2017, which is the date that Tsotsobe was provisionally suspended from participating in all cricketing activities following the notice of charge issued to him by CSA.




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