Symonds involved in a pub incident

Cricket Australia is investigating an incident surrounding Andrew Symonds after he was involved in a confrontation with a patron in a Brisbane hotel on Sunday night. Symonds said he was sharing some drinks with other players and “did not in any way provoke this situation”.

“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,” Symonds said in a statement. “The member of the public was subsequently removed from the premises as a result of his actions.”

Symonds was reportedly drinking with players from the Australian rugby league side following the cricket team’s 149-run win against New Zealand at the Gabba. The Test was Symonds’ first one back following a suspension for going fishing before the one-day series against Bangladesh in August instead of attending a team meeting.

“We are getting as much information as possible to establish what did and did not happen,” a Cricket Australia spokesman told AAP. “We understand there was an altercation.”

During the two-month break from the game he underwent psychological help and returned knowing he was on his last chance. “I would also like to take the opportunity to clarify reports last week that I am being treated for alcohol addiction,” he said. “I am being treated for a stress-related illness and I remain committed to dealing with these issues.


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