England news August 7, 2013

Panesar urinated on bouncers


Monty Panesar has been fined by police after urinating on nightclub bouncers who ejected him from a club in Brighton in the early hours of Monday.

Panesar, the left-arm spinner who was included in the England squad for the third Investec Ashes Test, was reportedly asked to leave the beachfront club, Shooshh, after a group of women complained that he was bothering them. Panesar, who had been part of the Sussex team defeated by Derbyshire in three days in a match that ended on Sunday, then walked up to the promenade above the club and urinated on the bouncers.

While Panesar ran off, the bouncers gave chase and caught up with him in a pizza parlour and, having restrained him and dragged him back to the club, called the police. Panesar was fined £90 and, through his spokesman, released a statement offering an "unreserved apology" for his behaviour.

Sussex CCC released a statement confirming that "an incident took place involving Monty Panesar in the early hours of Monday 5th August," just hours before England retained the Ashes at Old Trafford. Sussex continued to say "the matter is under full investigation."

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A 31-year-old man received a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly after being seen urinating in public near the Shooshh Club in King's Road Arches, Brighton, around 4.13am on Monday."

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 it 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 is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aneep on August 9, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Im not sure whether I should laugh or just laugh! Didn't expect his from Englands best bowler

  • Dayne on August 9, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I'd certainly expect the ECB and English media to kick up an even larger fuss on this issue, as it is more serious, than they did for Dave Warner.

    They wouldn't want to look inconsistent, biased or opportunistic now would they? Which is exactly what they'll look like if this isn't blown up into larger proportions than the Dave Warner situation.

    There you go England, you have your very own, home-grown Panto-villain now.

  • John on August 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT) Keep trying though bud . You'll get there in the end - maybe

  • Martin on August 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Time to blood Simon Kerrigan on the winter tour to Australia.

  • liaqat on August 8, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Money keeping it real, pissing and running hahhahahaha

    Hilarious stuff from monty,

  • xxxxx on August 8, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Panesar is one of the real characters of the game and hope to see him back soon, after a suitable punishment has been determined and served. I will be interested to see what the new "sinister" Monty is like (although the "Full Monty" should be kept strictly under wraps).

    @YorkshirePudding. Surprised to see Onions as part of your recipe.

  • Jason on August 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @andybu, I suspect it might be Kerrigan, I doubt Samit has done enough this season, and he hasnt exactly impressed with bat or ball when hes played for England.

    I would hope that he gets to play in the Lions game against the aussies at northants ahead of the Oval as should Taylor and Ballance.

    IF England win at Durham then look at giving Taylor, Ballance, and maybe Kerrigan a chance at the oval so that Swann, Bell and Bairstow can be rested,

    I suspect Broad may be dropped for Onions, and Tremlett could come in at the Oval for Anderson.

  • Andy on August 8, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    must increase the probability of Simon Kerrigan or even Samit Patel taking the second spinner role this winter in Australia

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Simply bizarre, from start to finish ! Makes Bath and "I'm free as a bird" appear tame in comparison

  • Peter on August 8, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Disgusting behaviour on top of the fact he's taking wickets at an average of 40.

    It's not exactly the way to fight your way back into the team

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