Symonds cleared over bar fight allegations
ADELAIDE: Cricket Australia has cleared Andrew Symonds of any wrongdoing in a widely-reported bar fight.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland on Wednesday said he was satisfied that a comprehensive investigation, including statements from hotel management, staff and patrons, supported Symonds'' version of an incident involving a drunken fan on the weekend.
A man is reported to have thrown punches at Symonds after the troubled all-rounder declined to have his photograph taken with him on Sunday night. The man was ejected by hotel security staff.
“CA is totally satisfied that Andrew did not provoke that incident and when approached by the patron in question handled himself appropriately,'''' Sutherland said in a news conference where he sat beside Symonds.
“Whilst Andrew agrees that he should have thought twice about actually going to the hotel, his response when subsequently provoked, was restrained and mature,'''' he said.