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NZ radio hosts suspended over Stokes row

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Two radio hosts in New Zealand have been given a one-day suspension after broadcasting a rant from Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes’ mother- without her permission.

Deborah Stokes phoned the Auckland-based radio station to make a complaint against the two presenters, who had been mocking Stokes for his performance in the World T20 final.

She was told that her call was off-air, however she was actually put through to the on-air studio and the row was broadcast live.

In the phonecall, Mrs Stokes says she's “totally brassed off” by the way the presenters talked about her son.

"It's not even about the cricket. It's about the personal attack on him. They called him arrogant and then they called him some sort of name. They don't know him! They wouldn't have a blooming clue."

– Deborah Stokes talking on the radio

The presenters have been taken off-air for one day as a result.

Read about the messages of support for Ben Stokes following the defeat, here.