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Monty Panesar Leaves Sussex Over Urination Row
England cricketer Monty Panesar is to leave Sussex County Cricket Club after an internal investigation into claims he urinated on club doormen.
Panesar was fined by police for being drunk and disorderly after an incident at a Brighton nightclub earlier this month.
The 31-year-old was given a fixed penalty notice after being seen urinating in public near the Shooshh Club in King's Road Arches at around 4am.
The Sun newspaper reported that he urinated from the promenade above the venue on to doormen standing below, after being thrown out of the club.
He will leave Sussex at the end of the season after being released from his contract.
A statement from Panesar on the club's website read: "I have endured a challenging time this year off the field and my frustrations have sometimes got the better of me professionally.
"I apologise for letting the club, my colleagues and my fans down."
He said he hoped to put his "personal and professional problems" behind him.
"I am determined to do whatever it takes to gain selection for England this winter," he added. "I want to become the best I can be."
He said he was still confident that he could fulfil his ambition to become the best spin bowler in the world.
It is the latest incident to have involved an England player this summer.
In June, opening batsman Joe Root was punched by Australian counterpart David Warner in the Walkabout bar in Birmingham.
Warner was suspended and missed the first two Tests as a result.