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MELBOURNE/LONDON 14 June: The punishment has been handed out but Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland remains livid with David Warner (in photo, right), saying the opener&’s bar-room brawl during the Champions Trophy was “despicable” and his public apology for the incident counts for little.
“David Warner has done a despicable thing,” Sutherland told reporters in Brisbane.
“But I also hold the team to account here. There were other people there with him and those that were there need to take responsibility for that, but so does the team as a whole and the team management group as a whole,” he said.
Sutherland said the team management was also to be blamed for the incident.
“There is no place for violence anywhere and I’m extremely disappointed with this . I’m extremely disappointed in him and I have told him that … There were certain things that led to this situation that happened, as I understand it, at 2.30 in the morning,” he said.
“There&’s not a lot of good that happens at 2.30 in the morning in a pub or a nightclub. I believe that the team as a whole and the people who were around him at the time also need to take responsibility for what happened.”
Michael Clarke (in photo, left), who accompanied Warner to the press conference where he issued a public apology, urged him to watch his conduct.
“Although the punishment for David is quite harsh, that&’s the reality when you play for the Australian cricket team,” Clarke said. “This is not an IPL team, this is not state cricket, it&’s not county cricket, when you play for Australia there are standards you have to uphold,” he added as a stern warning.