Australia opening batman David Warner has been stood down from his side's ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand today (12th June), after being reported for breaching the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour.
The 26-year-old has been reported for breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Warner is being investigated over claims he attacked an England player, believed to be Joe Root, following Saturday’s defeat to England at Edgbaston.
Australia opening batsman David Warner is investigated over claims he attacked an England player, believed to be Joe Root.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 12, 2013
Warner struggled in his side's opening loss to England, scoring only nine runs in 21 balls before he was caught by Joseph Buttler.
Team management have stood down Warner pending the outcome of a full hearing.
Rule 6 states: "Without limiting any other rule, players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of game into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket."
Cricket Australia says it will not make further comment until after a hearing, a time and date for which have yet to be confirmed.
It’s not the first time the Australian has been in trouble with the authorities, last month Warner was fined £3,700 for comments to journalists on his Twitter account.
The tweets, some containing obscene language, appeared after News Limited's Robert Craddock criticised the Indian Premier League (IPL) in an article which used a picture of Warner.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have released a response to Cricket Australia's statement regarding David Warner.
"Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48 run victory over Australia.
"Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology. Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make."
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