Flintoff says sorry

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Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff apologised to his colleagues and the England supporters © Getty Images

The England team management announced that Andrew Flintoff had not been selected for the match against Canada as a disciplinary measure.

Flintoff was one of six England players who were fined on Saturday by the England head coach Duncan Fletcher for a breach of team discipline on Friday night. The others were James Anderson, Ian Bell, Jon Lewis, Paul Nixon and Liam Plunkett.

Fletcher said: “Andrew Flintoff has been given warnings about his conduct and disciplined for previous incidents of this nature.

“In light of this and due to the serious nature of the incident which he was involved in at the hotel on Friday night, we have decided to take further disciplinary action against him.

“Andrew has been made fully aware of the team management’s concerns and the fact that the ECB considers this type of behaviour to be totally unacceptable.

“He will remain with the World Cup squad and be available for selection for our next match against Kenya.

Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher said Flintoff had been warned previously

“All players involved wish to express their sincere regret for the embarrassment caused to their team-mates, the England supporters and the ECB.”

The ECB also announced that following discussions with the England team management, it had been decided that Flintoff will not be considered for the England captaincy should Michael Vaughan be injured at any stage during the tournament.

Flintoff said: “I know that what I did on Friday night was completely wrong and I have to take full responsibility for it.

"There can be no excuses on my part. I know I shouldn't have done what I did and I have to accept the punishment.

"To my team-mates and the England supporters that I let down, all I can say is that I am extremely sorry and assure everyone that I will be giving 110 per cent for England for the rest of this tournament."

ECB chief executive David Collier said: “The conduct of the players who have been disciplined was unacceptable and falls below the high standards of behaviour required of England cricketers.

“We fully support the England team management’s decision to deal with this issue promptly and fines levied on the players concerned will be donated to the Cricket Foundation’s charity, Chance to Shine.”

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