Glasgow 2014: Weightlifter Francois Etoundi attacks Welsh athlete
- 31 July 2014
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
An Australian weightlifter has admitted assaulting a member of the Welsh team at the Commonwealth Games.
Francois Etoundi, 29, head-butted Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans, 28, breaking his nose, at the athletes' village at 05:30 on Wednesday.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was ordered to pay Mr Evans £400.
Etoundi won a bronze medal in the weightlifting 77kg category on Sunday. It appears the problem arose after Mr Evans' girlfriend hugged him.
Sheriff Andrew Cubie said Etoundi had chosen to bring the law of the playground to the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier, a Team Wales spokesman said: "We're aware of an incident that occurred involving a member of Team Wales."
He added: "We're currently working with Police Scotland to assist them with their inquiries.
"Whilst the facts around the matter are being established it would be wrong for us to comment any further."
Team Wales has sent an email to its competitors about their behaviour for the rest of the Commonwealth Games, BBC Wales has learned.
The message, signed by Chef de Mission Brian Davies, tells them it would be "disrespectful" if anyone "were to let themselves, their team-mates and their families down by misbehaving in any way during their time here in Glasgow".
It adds: "Would you please ensure that everyone in your team maintains the impeccable standard of behaviour that is part of our One Team Wales code of conduct.
"The CGF, Police Scotland and Glasgow 2014 have all re-iterated that they will take a zero tolerance approach to any misdemeanours."
The email has been forwarded to a group of athletes by Scott Simpson, the national athletics performance coach, who says: "I trust that you will honour this agreement and uphold your responsibilities to both yourselves and to Wales.
"Please hold each other accountable to this agreement also - we are one team and have a collective responsibility for each other."