Tipsy Symmo in another brawl
Controversies continue to chase Andrew Symonds as the Australian all-rounder is now said to have picked up a fight at a pub, forcing Cricket Australia to have a look into the issue.cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2008 23:49 IST
Controversies continue to chase Andrew Symonds as the Australian all-rounder is now said to have picked up a fight at a pub, forcing Cricket Australia to have a look into the issue.
Media reports here claim that Symonds, who has just returned to the national side after missing the India tour, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation at a pub in Brisbane.
"Symonds was understood to have been drinking at the popular Normanby Hotel in Red Hill with several members of the Australian rugby league team when the fight commenced.
"The incident is believed to have occurred on Sunday evening, about six hours after the Australian cricket team sealed a 149-run victory over New Zealand in the first Test at the Gabba, and involved a confrontation between Symonds and a member of the public," 'Sydney Morning Herald' wrote in its exclusive report.
Cricket Australia further said in the report that they were eliciting information on the matter.
"We are getting as much information as possible to establish what did and did not happen. We understand there was an altercation," a CA spokesman said.
The troubled all-rounder has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons that even cost him his place in the national side, which toured India recently.‘I took steps to remove myself from the situation’
Symonds however denied involvement in a drunken brawl in Brisbane, a claim backed by the manager of the hotel where the altercation reportedly took place.
"It has been reported that last night I was involved in a pub fight and I would just like to take the opportunity to clarify this report," said Symonds, who returned to the Australia side for the ongoing Test series against New Zealand.
"A member of the public acted unreasonably towards me while I was with friends at which time I took steps to remove myself from the situation.
"The member of the public was subsequently removed from the premises as a result of his actions.
“I was sharing some drinks with other players and close friends and did not in anyway provoke this situation," the all-rounder clarified.
First Published: Nov 24, 2008 23:45 IST