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Australia cricketer O'Keefe fined for drunken remarks

AFP logoAFP 07-04-2017
Australian cricket player Stephen O'Keefe has been fined Aus$20,000 (US$15,000) for making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket function and ordered to undergo counselling © Provided by AFP Australian cricket player Stephen O'Keefe has been fined Aus$20,000 (US$15,000) for making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket function and ordered to undergo counselling

Australian Test star Stephen O'Keefe has been fined Aus$20,000 (US$15,000) for making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket function and ordered to undergo counselling, authorities said Friday.

The spinner, one of the best bowlers during Australia's recent four-Test series in India, was also banned from playing in the Australian one-day domestic competition this year.

It is the second time the 32-year-old has been in alcohol-fuelled trouble, after being fined last year for offensive conduct at a Sydney hotel.

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"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," said Cricket Australia team performance general manager Pat Howard.

"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."

O'Keefe said he accepted the fine and would undergo "specialist counselling" as demanded.

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"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," he said.

"I have a big challenge ahead and I am determined to meet it with actions, not just words."

Left-armer O'Keefe has played eight Tests since making his debut in 2014, taking 33 wickets at an average of 27.30.

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