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Stephen O’Keefe fined $10,000 for hotel incident

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Australian Test and NSW Blues spinner Stephen O’Keefe has been sanctioned by Cricket Australia for a Level 2 offence under Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour, after he was involved in an incident on Saturday night at the Steyne Hotel in Manly.

O’Keefe was charged with a breach of Article 2.2.11 of the Code of Behaviour - conduct unbecoming of a player – and accepted a fine of $10,000. O’Keefe will also undergo counselling and education as part of his sanction.


As this was O’Keefe’s first offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour within the last 18 months and he accepted the charge, no hearing was required.

Following the incident, O’Keefe was also issued an Infringement Notice by NSW Police for offensive behaviour, and being an excluded person remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises.

A New South Wales Police media statement said, "Just before 11pm, on Saturday 6 August 2016, a 31-year-old man attempted to enter licensed premises at The Corso, Manly. 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."

Cricket NSW CEO, Andrew Jones said: “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. 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.”

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager, Team Performance, Pat Howard said:

“We take a zero-tolerance approach to this type of behaviour from players at any level in Australian Cricket,” said Howard. “Steve understands our expectations and that we’re extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly as he is recovering from an injury.”

Speaking on the incident O’Keefe said: “I know I failed to uphold the high standards expected of a NSW and Australian cricketer and apologise to all concerned. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the sanction handed to me by Cricket Australia.”