Symonds was not directly involved in the brawl: hotel manager

November 25th, 2008 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Nov 25 (IANS) Beleaguered Andrew Symonds, who is facing a Cricket Australia probe over his alleged role in a pub brawl, has got support from the manager of the Brisbane hotel where the unsavoury incident occurred.Symonds, who had been drinking with members of the Australian rugby team in the hotel, was involved in an altercation with a patron Sunday night.

Mark Lassman, the Normanby Hotel’s manager, said Symonds was being harassed by the man and did nothing wrong.

“A patron tried to hug and take pictures of Andrew Symonds, Symonds declined the invitation and after he was further harassed, the patron was required to be removed,” Lassman was quoted as saying in the Australian media.

“The incident was not a result of Andrew Symonds doing anything wrong and it’s disappointing that sportsmen cannot socialise without being harassed.”

Symonds has faced several disciplinary action in his career and has returned to the team for the ongoing series against New Zealand after sitting out for two months for missing a team meeting.

Cricket Australia’s cricket operations manager Michael Brown is investigating the incident and is expected to report to chief executive James Sutherland, who will reveal the outcome of the probe Wednesday.

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