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Weightlifter fined for headbutt

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The Australian weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been ordered to pay compensation of £400 ($730) to a Welsh athlete he head-butted in the Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow.

Etoundi pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault on fellow weightlifter Gareth Evans which resulted in a broken nose.

A lawyer for the Australian athlete said Etoundi had had his accreditation for the Games revoked and would face disciplinary proceedings from his sporting association back in Australia.

In ordering compensation paid, the judge Andrew Cubie said Etoundi had brought the law of the playground into the athletes village, and said if he should be ashamed of his actions.

Etoundi represented Cameroon at the Melbourne Games in 2006 and stayed in Australia, becoming an Australian citizen in 2008. He has now turned out for Australia at the last two Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, the brother of Australian boxer Jordan Samardali has been ordered to pay around $750 to a man and young boy he abused after his brother lost a boxing match at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Glasgow judge Norman Ritchie QC said he took into account the fact that Perth man Laith Samardali had already spent two nights in custody since the incident at the boxing venue, including one in the notoriously tough Barlinnie prison.

The judge said though that Samardali, who pleaded guilty to charges of assault and behaving in an abusive manner, had been welcomed to Glasgow but had left a seven year-old boy with a lasting memory of a bad man, shouting, swearing and throwing a bottle at him.