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Vaughan may take ICC to court

LONDON, JAN. 17. England captain Michael Vaughan is contemplating legal action against the International Cricket Council (ICC) after Match Referee Clive Lloyd fined him the entire match fee for his ``inappropriate comments'' against umpires during the Johannesburg Test against South Africa.

Vaughan has asked the Professional Cricketers' Association for advice regarding the legal action, according to a report in Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

The skipper was charged with a level two offence, a relatively minor transgression for which there is no appeals procedure — a player can only appeal if he has been charged with a level three of a level four offence.

PCA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan, argued that the ICC's ruling, which came yesterday, was inconsistent with its own guidelines.

``If you're going to fine somebody 100 per cent of the match fee, then that is no longer a minor offence,'' Bevan said.

``We're going to call for a total review of the ICC's disciplinary process, insisting on a right to appeal for level one and two offences. We hope the ICC authorities will realise that they've got it wrong. If they don't recognise that, we may be taking legal advice.'' — PTI

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