But perhaps due to the provocation of Stokes - the supporter is understood to have sworn at him and suggested he look like the singer, Ed Sheeran - and perhaps due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding his father, Ged, who remains in hospital, the more lenient charge was brought.
Former England captain Michael Atherton says players must not react to abuse from spectators after Ben Stokes was involved in an altercation in Johannesburg.
Stokes had been caught in the slips by Rassie van der Dussen as England fell to 157-4 on day one in Johannesburg.
Stokes, who tormented the South Africans with clubs and balls on this tour and took a 2-1 lead in England, missed the Ashes in 2017 after accusing himself of a hand injury in a fight at a Bristol night club after Affray.
" I confess that my response was less than professional, and also I seriously apologise for the language I made use of, specifically to the numerous young followers enjoying the real-time newscast worldwide".
"Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win", he said.
"As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd".
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Ashley Giles, taking care of supervisor for England cricket, has actually required added safety at the Wanderers Stadium adhering to more occurrences of misuse guided at the group.
He said: "It is disappointing that a member of the public has done everything possible to abuse Ben when he left the camp". Ben is completely conscious that he ought to not have actually responded in the manner in which he did and also apologises for his activities. I remember a game when Merv Hughes ended up in that area of the tunnel, it's a hostile place, I can't tolerate abuse, supporters or players.
"You have to hold your tongue if you can", former England captain Mike Atherton told Sky Sports.
Beuran Hendricks, the South African fast bowler, said: "It's a public sport, so I think if fans are going insane, we certainly won't tolerate them as players, we expect more from fans, we're all trying to enjoy the game".
"But the regulation is that if bad language is heard on the field of play from players then the match referees are going to step in". "Everyone wants a piece of Ben Stokes, fans come to him in hotels and airports, everyone wants a piece".
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