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ECB hands Lou Vincent life ban for corruption

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 09:33 | Comments

Lou Vincent given life ban from all forms of cricket
Lou Vincent given life ban from all forms of cricket

Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has been handed a life ban by the English and Wales Cricket Board after he admitted that he breached the ECB's anti-corruption regulations.

Vincent issued his admission today in a video statement which begins: "My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat."

The 35-year-old, who played at Sussex in 2011 and was under investigation by the ECB, pleaded guilty to 18 breaches of the regulations in total, four of those breaches related to a Twenty20 match between Lancashire and Durham in June 2008.

The remaining 14 charges related to two matches played at Hove in August 2011, namely a Sussex v Lancashire Twenty20 match and a Sussex v Kent CB40 match.

Vincent broke his public silence in the emotive video statement, saying his actions were a "dark secret" he lived with for many years. 

"I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing," Vincent said.

"I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud."

The ECB confirmed that Vincent has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket, in the form of concurrent life bans for each of the 11 offences which carried a life ban.

The terms of the ban will prevent him from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket which is recognised or sanctioned by ECB, the International Cricket Council (ICC) or any other National Cricket Federation.

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