By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Francois Etoundi has been ordered to pay compensation and stripped of his accreditation ©Getty ImagesAustralian weightlifter Francois Etoundi has had his accreditation revoked and been ordered to pay £400 ($673/€500) compensation after admitting to assaulting Welsh rival Gareth Evans here in the Athletes' Village earlier this week.

The incident, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, was reportedly the result of a row involving the girlfriend of Evans, the Welsh lifter who finished fifth in the under 62kg competition. 

Etoundi, 29, who won a bronze medal in the heavier under 77kg category on Sunday (July 27), pleaded guilty to head-butting the Welshman after an appearance in the Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Sherriff Andrew Cubie ordered Etoundi to pay the money as compensation to Evans, claiming he considered that an appropriate punishment, taking into account that Etoundi faced disciplinary action from his weightlifting association, had already been banished from the Games and had spent a night in custody.

Gareth Evans finished 5th in the under 62kg category in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesGareth Evans finished 5th in the under 62kg category in Glasgow ©Getty Images

It has also been confirmed that the athlete has had his accreditation revoked and will return to Australia as soon as possible, although there does not appear any chance of him being stripped of his bronze medal.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper revealed Etoundi has been outlawed from the Village as a result of the "unacceptable", violent incident, that was allegedly witnessed by many other athletes.

The incident is another blow for Australia following the news yesterday that athletics head coach Eric Hollingsworth had also been suspended and sent home after breaking team rules by publicly criticising team captain Sally Pearson, the reigning Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion, for opting to skip a pre-Games training camp in Gateshead. 

But despite these setbacks, as well as the fact Australia remain behind England on the medals table, Australian Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti remains overwhelmingly positive.

He said he was disappointed about the negative publicity as the vast majority of athletes had represented their nation in exemplary fashion.

"I'm not embarrassed because as an Australian team we perform proudly with great integrity," he insisted.

"We represent the Australian Commonwealth Games extremely well so these isolated incidents, while disappointing, the overall impression of the Australian sporting team that's here is one of great toughness and great support and a really honest representation for their country and we're seeing that in the results."

Meanwhile, it is understood that Wales' Chef de Mission Brian Davies had sent a letter to all team members warning them about their behaviour for the rest of the Games.

Davies reportedly told 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.

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