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Symonds fined for radio rant

January 29, 2009 12:00 IST

Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds was on Thursday fined 4000 Australian dollars for his radio rant against New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum.

A Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Conduct Commission hearing upheld a charge against Symonds after he pleaded guilty for calling McCullum a "lump of s**t" during a radio interview last week.

At the CA hearing in Melbourne, Code of Conduct Senior Commissioner Gordon Lewis found the controversial all-rounder guilty of breaching CA Code of Behaviour Rule 9 relating to detrimental public comment and issued a fine as penalty for the breach.

However, Symonds escaped a suspension after CA treated him as a first time offender of breach of Code of Behaviour.

The Queenslander is expected to make a public statement later on Thursday.

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