By Ali Stokes
Danny Cipriani has spoken out after news broke yesterday afternoon that the England and Gloucester fly-half had been arrested and charged with numerous offences including assault, resisting arrest, larceny and assaulting a police officer.
Following his appearance before magistrates at 10am this morning, three charges against the 30-year-old were dropped. He was fined £2000 and ordered to pay £250 compensation towards a female police officer that suffered bruising following the incident outside a night club in jersey.
Commenting on the incident, Cipriani said: "I want to start with a heartfelt apology. To my club, teammates, supporters and most importantly the police. They have a tough and vital job and I'm mortified that, earlier this week, I acted in a way that I hugely regret.
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"I am truly sorry.
"I would also like to put on record the words of the Magistrate Sarah Fitz who publicly stated that 'it was a minor incident' and 'a fine was more than sufficient'.
"I was wrong to argue with a bouncer, and pull his camera tie. I was also wrong to resist arrest. This is why I pleaded guilty to these two charges and all other charges were dropped by the prosecution.
"I was initially confused as to why I was being arrested by three officers. This led me to react in the wrong manner for a matter of seconds, seeking to hold off the police officers rather than accepting their decision. It goes without saying, given the words of the Magistrate, that I didn't strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way.
"I was on a team night out with the whole squad. I am grateful to my club, who have been fully supportive.
"I would like to publically thank the Magistrate and the police and, once again, apologise both to them and the public."
Cipriani will return to pre-season training with Gloucester ahead of the Gallagher Premiership season start at the end of the month, in which the Cherry and Whites will host Northampton Saints on the first of September.
Unlike his club career, Cipriani's international status may be in danger. Previously, England Head Coach Eddie Jones had stated to Sky Sports News that, “If he's on the front page for any other reason [other than rugby] he won't be with us,”.
If Jones is true to his word Cipriani may find himself once again out in the cold after returning to Test level for the first time in a decade two months ago after starting England's final South African Test in Cape Town, a standalone victory for the national side after losing the first two games of the three-match tour.
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