Symonds to face no action for knocking over streaker

SYDNEY Wed Mar 5, 2008 6:18am GMT

A combination of pictures shows Australia's Andrew Symonds colliding with a streaker during the second final of the tri-series one-day international cricket match against India in Brisbane March 4, 2008. REUTERS/Steve Holland

A combination of pictures shows Australia's Andrew Symonds colliding with a streaker during the second final of the tri-series one-day international cricket match against India in Brisbane March 4, 2008.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds will face no action after he knocked over a streaker in his side's nine-run one-day international loss to India in Brisbane on Tuesday. Robert Murray David Ogilvie stormed the field and ran towards Symonds, who shoulder-charged him to the ground before the naked Ogilvie was led off by police and security guards.

"He was dealing with self-preservation which we support 100 percent," Cricket Australia's Michael Brown told reporters in Canberra.

"Andrew was in the zone and was severely threatened."

Ogilvie, 26, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to interfering with persons engaged in sport and wilful exposure on Wednesday.

He was fined A$1,500 (700 pounds) but no conviction was recorded. Police told Australian Associated Press they had not received a complaint about Symonds' actions.

Local media had suggested Symonds could have been charged under the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct or charged with assault by police, had Ogilvie made a complaint.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Hamilton, New Zealand, Editing by Martin Petty)

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