Cricket Australia hand fine to Steve O'Keefe
Left-arm spin bowler Steve O'Keefe has been handed a $10,000 fine by Cricket Australia (CA) after he was issued a criminal infringement notice for his involvement in an incident at a hotel in Sydney on Saturday.
CA found O’Keefe guilty of breaching the code of behaviour after the criminal infringement notice was served to the 31-year-old by the New South Wales Police.
According to the New South Wales Police department, O’Keefe was involved in a verbal altercation with a security guard at The Steyne Hotel in Sydney.
“Just before 11pm, on Saturday 6 August 2016, a 31-year-old man attempted to enter licensed premises at The Corso, Manly,” a New South Wales Police media statement said, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
“It will be alleged the man behaved offensively towards a security guard, who had refused the man entry.
“The man allegedly verbally abused the security and management personnel and refused to leave.
“Officers attached to Northern Beaches Local Area Command attended and the man was issued a criminal infringement notice for offensive behaviour, and excluded person remain in vicinity of licensed premises.”
Pat Howard, the executive general manager of team performance expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of O’Keefe.
“We take a zero-tolerance approach to this type of behaviour from players at any level in Australian cricket,” Howard said.
“Steve understands our expectations and that we’re extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly as he is recovering from an injury.”
The chief executive officer of Cricket New South Wales Andrew Jones revealed that O’Keefe has apologised to the management of The Steyne Hotel.
“Steve has had a difficult couple of weeks but that is no excuse.
“We expect a high standard from our players on and off the field and in this case Steve failed to meet those high standards.
“I have spoken to Steve and he is very disappointed with his behaviour.
“He has apologised to the management of The Steyne Hotel and accepts that he will be sanctioned.”
Accepting the sanctions handed to him, O’Keefe apologised for his behaviour and took full responsibility for his actions.
“I know I failed to uphold the high standards expected of a NSW and Australian cricketer and apologise to all concerned,” O’Keefe said.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the sanction handed to me by Cricket Australia.”
Recently, O’Keefe returned to Australia after suffering a hamstring injury during the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.
© Cricket World 2016