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Life not so Tweet after cricketing pair fined

Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas are today both counting the cost of foul-mouthed Tweeting.

Pietersen was fined an undisclosed amount following an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary meeting at Lord's yesterday, and Hampshire have made captain Dimitri Mascarenhas pay £1,000.

Pietersen broke the news last week that he was to be dropped from England's limited-overs squad to face Pakistan, several hours before the list of names was announced.

He told followers of his Twitter feed: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20, and dropped from the T20 side too. It's a f***-up ..."

Pietersen's uncouth faux pas followed a similar one in July from former England U19s captain Azeem Rafiq, who was fined £500 and banned from all cricket for a month.

It preceded a third unfortunate Tweet two days ago from Mascarenhas, whose followers received a rant from the ex-England all-rounder about national selector Geoff Miller.

England coach Andy Flower travelled from his team's current base in Cardiff to attend Pietersen's hearing in London. Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, was also present.

An ECB statement read: "The hearing considered two charges against Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen pleaded guilty to both charges and offered an unreserved apology to ECB and the England team management for his actions.

"The hearing considered his comments to be prejudicial to the interests of Team England and ECB and a significant breach of the England player conditions of employment."