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Streaker fined, Symonds spared

The Australian player may not be penalised for man-handling a spectator during the 2nd final at Brisbane.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2008 08:44 PM IST

Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds may not be penalised for man-handling a spectator during the second final against India at Brisbane as no complaint has been filed against the cricketer so far.

The 26-year-old spectator was handed a 1,500 dollars fine for invading the cricket field but he escaped having a conviction recorded against him after pleading guilty to willful exposure in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Queensland police have said they were not investigating Symonds after the incident which occurred during the Australian innings at Gabba on Tuesday.

"Police have not received a complaint against Andrew Symonds and are not investigating the matter further," a police spokesman was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

Cricket Australia officials have also said Symonds will face no penalty over the incident, claiming that "they had taken advice from their lawyer Dean Kino that the all rounder would not be in hot water for his big hit because the spectator was a trespasser", the paper said.

Symonds had leaned onto the man in a rugby-style shoulder charge and grounded him when he ran onto the pitch naked, trying to evade the police by approaching in the direction of the all rounder during the Australian run-chase on Tuesday.

Symonds could have faced a serious punishment if the International Cricket Council had decided to take action against him under its section 4.2 of player's code of conduct.

The clause penalises cricketers for physical assault of a rival player, an official or a spectator with a ban ranging anywhere from five Test matches or 10 limited-overs internationals to a lifetime.

The streaker, however, had no regrets for being fined over his antics as he said it was "great" to be handled by the burly all rounder Symonds.

"It was great actually... Just like playing football," he told reporters.

The court heard Robert Ogilvie had been drinking with his brother and friends when he decided to strip and run onto the field.

Ogilvie said he would never streak again but was not sorry about his naked run. "You only live once, don't you?" he said

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