Glasgow : Australian Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Francois Etoundi has been ordered to pay 400 pounds as compensation to Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans after admitting to head butting him and fracturing his nose in an altercation at the CWG village in Glasgow.
Etoundi, 29, appeared before the Glasgow Sherriff’s Court overnight and was released after spending nearly 36 hours in police custody, reports stuff.co.nz.
Apart from being fined, Etoundi has been barred from attending the closing ceremony of the games, has been stripped of his accreditation and is being sent back to Australia as soon as possible. The court heard that Etoundi had head-butted Evans after an argument over a woman, causing an uncomplicated fracture of the Welshman’s nose. Sherriff Andrew Cubie said the Australian had ‘undermined the concept of the friendly Games’ with his actions and should be ashamed of himself.
Etoundi pleaded guilty to assault over the altercation, which his defence lawyer David Hunter said followed an earlier verbal clash between the two in the village dining hall after Evans’ girlfriend had hugged the Australian while congratulating him on his bronze medal win. Hunter said Evans had not been impressed by the physical contact. —ANI