Thatscricket - News - Aussie coach assaults umpire, sacked
Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
Perth: The senior coach of one of Western Australia's top cricket clubs has been sacked for allegedly attacking an umpire and dragging him to the ground.Coach Tony Weston was given his marching orders this week after the incident with umpire Peter Hewitt in a match last Saturday, the president of Scarborough Cricket Club, Peter Wearne, confirmed on Wednesday.The Scarborough Club have among their players Test batsman Justin Langer and four other first-class cricketers who take part in the Sheffield Shield competition."The actions of Weston were totally unacceptable to Scarborough and were dealt with accordingly in as swift a manner as possible," Wearne said. "Scarborugh offer sincere apologies to the umpire and hope no long-term effect will come of the incident." The incident took place during a third-grade match between Scarborough and the University of Western Australia at Scarborough's home ground, Abbett Park.Witnesses said that Weston, who was playing in the game, had just completed an over and taken his cap when he swung a fist at the umpire, grabbed his tie, dragged him to the ground and jumped on him.The Western Australian Cricket Association said on Wednesday Weston had been charged by the association's disciplinary committee with dissent and assaulting an umpire. The case was expected to be heard next week.