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Matt Coles Suspended under ECB Discipline Code

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) today confirmed that Matt Coles has received an automatic suspension under the ECB’s Directives.

Coles was reported by umpires Nick Cook and Rob Bailey during Kent’s Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan on 1st– 4thMay 2016, for a Level Two breach of the code (throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner).

He had previously received a reprimand following three penalty points following a Level 1 breach in August 2014 and six penalty points following a Level 2 breach in September 2014. The penalty for a subsequent breach at Level 2 within 24 months is six penalty points. Coles has therefore received a total of twelve penalty points, triggering an automatic suspension. He is suspended from all cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB until and including Wednesday 18thMay 2016 – a period which covers Kent’s next two First XI fixtures.

These penalties will remain on the player's record for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine, 18 or more penalty points in any two year period will result in an automatic suspension.