• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Aussie weightlifter fined £400 after admitting headbutting Welsh athlete

An Australian Commonwealth Games weightlifter has been ordered to pay £400 compensation to a Welsh athlete after he admitted headbutting him.

Francois Etoundi assaulted Gareth Evans, also a weightlifter, in the athletes' village on Wednesday morning, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard.

The assault followed an earlier verbal exchange between the pair relating to Mr Evans' athlete girlfriend.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie said Etoundi, 29, had brought "the law of the playground" into the athletes' village, while his behaviour "undermines the concept of the friendly games".

Defence lawyer David Hunter said Etoundi, who is originally from Cameroon, was "bitterly bitterly disappointed".

The court heard that the assault had taken place at approximately 5.30am, after Mr Evans left the athletes' dining room with a Team England weightlifter.

This followed a verbal altercation at around 4.45am during which Mr Evans ignored Etoundi, the court was told.

Mr Hunter said that Etoundi had gone to the dining room and was being congratulated on his bronze medal success by other athletes including a female athlete - Mr Evan's girlfriend - who "took hold of him".

"He (Mr Evans) was not impressed and words were exchanged."

The court was told that Mr Evans suffered an "uncomplicated fracture to his nose", was prescribed pain killers and given minor head injury advice.

Contextual targeting label: 
Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.