Symonds finds himself in yet another controversy

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Melbourne, Nov 24 (UNI) A week after he was included in the Australian team, Andrew Symonds has found himself in yet another controversy and this time the all-rounder was involved in a confrontation with a patron in a Brisbane hotel.

The Cricket Australia (CA) is investigating the incident that took place last night, although, Symonds said he was just 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,'' the all-rounder added.

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 match after he was suspended from the team for not attending a compulsory team meeting and instead went out for fishing.

''We are getting as much information as possible to establish what did and did not happen,'' a Cricket Australia (CA) spokesman said and added, ''We understand there was an altercation.'' Symonds must now wait on the outcome, which could lead to another ban or, at worst, the loss of his lucrative contract.

While Symonds claims to have been provoked, some of those close to him were disappointed that he allowed himself to get into a bad position so soon after his return.


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