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Drunk Roelof suspended

2012-01-03 11:21

Brisbane - South Africa all-rounder and Twenty20 specialist Roelof van der Merwe has been suspended from the Brisbane Heat for one match in Australia's Big Bash League after failing a roadside alcohol breath test early on New Year's Day, the day after his 27th birthday.

Queensland Cricket said Van der Merwe was found guilty of a charge of detrimental conduct under its code of behaviour. In addition to the suspension, he was ordered to pay a "significant fine".

Van der Merwe, a middle-order batsman and slow left-arm bowler, will go to court later this month.

He has represented South Africa in limited-overs internationals and played with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

SAPA

Comments
  • Phil - 2012-01-03 11:26

    Bloody Aussies with their nannystate rules.

      Gerald - 2012-01-03 11:50

      so you agree with drunk driving. Then you are a complete tosser

      Daniel - 2012-01-03 11:52

      Well done Phil, its that kind of SA way of thinking which results in the December death toll being as high as it is. I wish our police were as strict and enforced the law in the same nmanner as the Aussies.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-03 12:05

      Well done Phil, Whichever way you take it...don't be hating now you could be wrong...

      Sean - 2012-01-03 13:17

      @Phil , rules are rules and they are professionals !

      Phil - 2012-01-04 05:03

      LOL Guys , the remark was in jest ....trying to beat to the punch the okes who seem to think that the rules in Oz that allow people to live reasonably civilised lives ..are uneccessary. Interesting that it got 23 "likes"

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-03 11:43

    He's lucky he wasn't caught drunk driving in Jo'burg - he would have spent the weekend in Sun City amongst all those charming residents.

      Peter - 2012-01-03 12:14

      Just another embarrasing south african sportsman,who next ???????

  • Barry - 2012-01-03 11:54

    When in Rome....

  • Zion - 2012-01-03 12:34

    Fore very silver lining there is a dark cloud. and a brighter side of the moon.

  • Zion - 2012-01-03 12:36

    Maak nogga dop, kry nogga bier: Maak n kleine-kleine vir die Suidwester hier.!!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 12:53

    Shows how serious he is about his career and future!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-03 12:58

    I wish sport24 would stop with their sensationalist headings... "Drunk Roelof suspended". Rather harsh words. OK, the guy faulted and failed a breathalyzer test, but that hardly makes him "drunk". Or does sport24 have the blood/alcohol level??

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-03 13:25

      I also think it's rather harsh..

      Peter - 2012-01-03 15:16

      Well said! Sensationalism is ruining too many lives!

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-03 19:51

      Maybe sensational but short too, just like the titles of most articles or books, etc. We all know that if one is caught driving ‘under the influence’ or ‘over the (alcohol) limit’, it's the same as the term ‘drunken driving’.

      Phil - 2012-01-04 05:06

      I am quite happy with him being described as a drunk. Name and shame and all that. You do the crime you do the time.

      Phil - 2012-01-04 05:15

      Just checked Google news and all I can find is reference to a court date. If he has to appear in court then the alcohol level was probably quite high....I suspect he was not just technically drunk ..but pi$$ed.

  • Elyaas Samsodien - 2012-01-03 12:59

    That explains some of his weird shot selection.

  • Louise - 2012-01-03 14:51

    DRUNK driving - c'mon everyone, lets just say it as it is. Don;'t make excuses because he's a sportsman - DRUNK driving is DRUNK driving and we're ALL SICK OF IT! Dragging SA name through the mud overseas.

      Peter - 2012-01-03 16:16

      Do you remember andre nel many years ago got sent home for the same thing, what punishment did he get ??? probably nothing skipped out before the court case , will he do the same PROBABLY

  • Dmitri - 2012-01-03 15:12

    Pathetic tosser. he has a chance to play abroad and this is what he does - send him back where he can break the law and nothing gets done about it.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-02-01 11:04

      You are a donkey Dmitri!

  • Ruan - 2012-01-03 17:56

    ...."BRISBANE HEAT" = " HAVE TO QUENCH MY THIRST, MATE !! "

  • Piet - 2012-01-03 18:59

    Generally I don’t like Aussies, even expats, But one thing I can say about them is that they treat their sporting stars like royalty and I am sure they would not condemn one before he has even been found guilty, especially if he was so unlucky to have been a new year’s baby and did something stupid that a lot of us could have done at one time or another.

      Peter - 2012-01-03 21:03

      WE ARE PATHETIC, THE AUSSIES ARE SUCH A GREAT NATION OF SPORTSMEN WHO GENERALLY BEHAVE THEMSELVES NOT LIKE OUR BIGHEADED THUGS WHO CANNOT TAKE DEFEAT AT ANY COST AND WILL BREAK ANY LAW ANYTIME ANYWHERE INCLUDING DRINKING AND DRIVING, THEY ARE SUCH AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL OF US

      Burtfred - 2012-01-05 10:27

      Hey Peter, Check out these links http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Quade-Cooper-banned-from-pub-20120105 http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/andrew-symonds-sent-home-from-england-for-bad-behaviour/1533058.aspx http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/12/shane-warnes-war-with-the-ipl-continues.html http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cricket/fans-blash-australian-cricket-teams-behaviour-in-perth/story-e6frfg8o-1225813289478 Aussies a great nation of sportsmen who generally behave themselves? Really? You are looking through your fly-infested Aussies glasses, mate.

  • Francois - 2012-01-03 19:08

    Roelof jou dom donner...dis nie Suid Aapland waar jy kan drink en bestuur nie ou maat...

  • Niki - 2012-01-05 09:21

    Presumably none of you have ever had two or more drinks at your New Year's Eve bash/birthday party and driven afterwards?

      npretorius2 - 2012-01-31 13:41

      Nope, Even though I enjoy a few drinks. if I have more than one drink I call a cab or a sober friend to pick me up. And if you cant afford a cab, you shouldn't be spending your money on booze.

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