Mike Tindall fined for partying

2011-11-14 13:42
London - Mike Tindall has been fined £25 000 and thrown out of the England rugby squad following his behaviour at the recent World Cup.

The athlete - who is married to Britain's Zara Phillips - has been punished by the Rugby Football Union after embarking on a wild night of partying in Queenstown, New Zealand.

An RFU investigation conducted by Rob Andrew, the professional rugby director, and the legal and governance director, Kerena Vleck, found the Gloucester centre had been guilty of "unacceptable" behaviour.

Andrew said: "We have considered all the evidence carefully and interviewed the players at length. These actions have not been taken lightly but we believe that in all these cases the sanctions are commensurate with the level of seriousness of what occurred.

"Mike Tindall's actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the EPS Code of Conduct. Whilst we acknowledge his previous good character it needs to be made clear that what he did will not be tolerated."

During the night out, Mike - who was stand-in captain at the time - drank copious amounts of alcohol and partied with an ex-girlfriend.

The rugby star - who married Zara, Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, in July - later expressed remorse for his actions.