O’Keefe fined, banned after alcohol consumption

Melbourne, April 7: Australian spinner Stephen O’keefe has been fined 20,000 dollars after making “highly inappropriate comments” in the cricket award ceremony. The incident was happened under the influence of alcohol in the official ceremony.

He is banned from next season’s Matador BBO’s One-Day Cup and penalised for a level two Code of Conduct offence.

“There is no time or place for unacceptable behaviour from any of our players in Australian Cricket, and we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to this,” CA head of team performance Pat Howard said.

“We’re extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly on the back of a previous incident, and it now overshadows Stephen’s on field performance on the recent tour of India,” he added.

While accepting his wrongdoings, the spinner expressed remorse for his actions.

“At an official Cricket NSW function I became intoxicated and made highly inappropriate comments. There is no excuse for this and I take full responsibility and offer an unconditional apology,” O’Keefe said.

“I accept the sanctions imposed by Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW and welcome the chance to receive specialist counselling.I have a big challenge ahead and I am determined to meet it with actions, not just words,” he added.

Last year also O’Keefe did the same when he was drunk and being fined 10,000 dollars after undergoing mandatory counseling.

Wefornews Bureau

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