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Australian athlete charged with assault in Glasgow

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Australian weightlifter Francois  Etoundi has been arrested after an altercation at the Commonwealth Games athletes village.

The athlete has been charged with assault and is being held in custody. He will appear in Glasgow Sheriffs Court on Friday (AEST).

The incident is the second for the day to have involved an Australian, after the brother of an Australian boxer was jailed and charged with aggravated assault at a Commonwealth Games venue.

Perth man Laith Samardali, 25, reacted furiously to his brother Jordan’s defeat in the light heavyweight quarter-finals at the Scottish Entertainment and Convention Centre on Wednesday morning.

“I know he’s a bit of a wild sort of dude,” Australian welterweight Daniel Lewis told ABC News.

“I know Jordan got TKO’d in round one and his family were a bit out of control.”

According to a witness, Samardali verbally abused the referee after he had stopped his brother’s fight against Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius just 39 seconds into the opening round.

“Others were offended and said go home,” said a spectator, who asked not to be named.

“That’s when they threw bottles. Shame really.”

One plastic bottle hit a seven-year-old boy in the crowd.

Samardali was arrested and charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, as well as aggravated assault.

He has pleaded guilty to both charges. They each carry a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Glasgow Sheriffs Court on Thursday for sentencing.

In the meantime he is being held in Barlinnie Prison, on the city’s north-east outskirts.