England cricketer fined for urinating on bouncers
In what BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew described - rightly - as one of the most unlikely sporting stories of the summer, the Sun has reported that England spinner Monty Panesar was fined after urinating on bouncers outside a Brighton bar.
- The episode will do nothing to revive Panesar's career. Quite apart from the uncouth nature of the incident and the unsettling image of an international sportsman being asked to leave a club for bothering women, the England management will be unimpressed by Panesar being "drunk and disorderly" at 4am during an Ashes series in which he may yet take a part.
Panesar was dropped by Sussex earlier this season in part due to a poor on-field attitude. Struggling with a sore shoulder, he had fallen into the habit of stopping the ball with his boot in the field and throwing the ball back to the wicketkeeper underarm.
Panesar was also arrested and interviewed by the police in 2011 after a heated argument with his wife in a pub car park. He was subsequently released without charge.
Despite a tricky few months, however, Panesar enjoyed a fine tour of India at the end of 2012 where his 17 wickets in three Tests played a large part in England's victory. He has taken 164 wickets in his 48 Tests and, aged 31, could yet replace Graeme Swann in the England side when Swann, 34, retires.
George Dobell, ESPNcricinfo
Panesar, so the paper claims, had been partying at the Shooshh club on Brighton's beachfront in the early hours of Monday but was asked to leave following a compliant.
Panesar did so and then, according to an eyewitness, went to the promenade above the club and relieved himself on the bouncers. A chase then ensued and Panesar was corned by the bouncers in a nearby restaurant.
A witness was quoted by the paper as saying: "They chased Monty into a pizza shop and he was shouting, 'Help! Help'. They got him in an armlock and took him back to the club."
He was held there until the police arrived. The Sun reported that he was handed an on-the-spot fine of £90 for the incident.
A police spokesman said: "A 31-year-old man received a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly."
The Daily Telegraph quoted Panesar's spokesman as saying: "Monty would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused."