ECB demands apology from Ijaz Butt over allegations

By Will Turner
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The ECB have demanded a “full and unreserved apology” from Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, in the wake of his match-fixing allegations.

Butt claimed he heard from bookmakers that England were paid to lose Friday’s one day international at the Oval.

The Pakistani chairman told India’s NDTV television channel: “There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some English players were paid massive amounts of money to lose.”

In a letter, the ECB warned that legal proceedings would commence should no such apology be received.

This news comes on the back of former England captain Michael Vaughan’s plea for England to take legal action.

“I’d be making a few phone calls to legal sources to try and take this a little bit further,” said Vaughan. “I can’t think of anything worse than your name mentioned in terms of fixing a game of cricket.”

An apology from Butt is expected after he told BBC Radio Five Live he has no proof and was simply stating what he had heard.

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