November 24th, 2011
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Spot Fixing: Court rejects cricketer’s plea

bhutt-and-amirLondon: The Court of Appeal rejected Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir’s appeal against their sentences for spot fixing.  Rejecting the challenges raised by the Pakistani cricketers the court stated that they had betrayed their sport, team country and millions of followers of the game around the world.

Announcing the decision in London, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said the court had to make clear that what they did was “not simply a matter of breaking the rules of the game” and therefore subject to internal discipline and regulation.“It is also criminal conduct of a very serious kind which must be marked with a criminal sanction,” he added. The players, imprisoned alongside their agent Mazhar Majeed for orchestrating no-balls in a Test match against England last summer, become the first sportsmen to be jailed for on-field corruption in the UK for almost 50 years.

Former captain Butt, 27, was handed a two-and-a-half year jail term after being found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, while 19-year-old fast bowler Amir, described by the judge as “impressionable”, was sentenced to six months.


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