CA supports Symonds on streaker issue

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Canberra , Mar 5 (UNI) Cricket Australia (CA) came out in full support of Andrew Symonds by saying he had 'every right' to defend himself by shoulder-charging a naked pitch invader during last night's CB Series final against India.

CA official Michael Brown said Symonds had full support of the governing body.

''He was dealing with self-preservation which we support 100 per cent,'' Mr Brown was qouted as saying by the 'Australian'.

''Andrew was in the zone and was severely threatened. No person has the right to impinge upon another person's space, particularly a sportsman plying his trade,'' he added.

Symonds flattened Robert Murray David Ogilvie, 26, from Park Ridge South, who today pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to interfering with persons engaged in sport and wilful exposure.

Ogilvie was fined 1,500 dollars but had no conviction recorded against him.


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