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Glasgow 2014: Weightlifter Francois Etoundi attacks Welsh athlete

Francois Etoundi and Gareth Evans Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Bronze medal winner Francois Etoundi admitted head-butting Gareth Evans at the athletes' village

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."

Zero tolerance

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."

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Media captionTeam Wales Chef Brian Davies said police responded "admirably and very quickly"

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."

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