Beale vindicated after tribunal

Date published: October 26 2014

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Kurtley Beale says he feels “vindicated” after his suspension was overturned for his involvement in a recent text message scandal.

Kurtley Beale says he feels “vindicated” after his suspension was overturned for his involvement in a recent text message scandal.

The Wallaby playmaker had been in danger of having his contract with the union ripped up after sending a lewd text message to Di Patston, the then business manager of the team.

However after a disciplinary tribunal on Friday, it was shown that he had only sent one inadvertant message to Patston, with a second more offensive text being sent by somebody else.

As a result he was fined AU$45,000 for breach of conduct, but his suspension has been overturned.

New Australia coach Michael Cheika has still chosen to omit Beale from the squad for the European tour, which flew out on Friday, but Beale will now have the chance to compete for a place at next year’s World Cup.

And he told News Corp that he felt “vindicated because I never told anything but the truth”.

“I have had some terrible lows in recent weeks, and been really down, but I feel I’m coming out of it now.

“It was a devastating time for me and I wondered if I would ever wear the Wallabies jersey again.

“But I just kept saying to myself the truth will win out in the end.

“That’s why I fought so hard to clear my name. I would have taken this as far as I had to prove to everyone that I have been honest throughout the entire process.

“I did the wrong thing with the only text message I sent. It was stupid and offensive but I was the first to look her in the eye and say I was genuinely really, really sorry.

“I always said I did not send the second one and the tribunal agreed it was not from my phone.

“I apologised to Di back in June, we hugged and cried over it and that’s why I was so surprised when it became a big issue again. She and I agreed the case was closed and Ewen McKenzie was made aware of it.

“Now I want to concentrate on getting my fitness back and being part of the Wallabies campaign leading up to the World Cup.

“I miss playing with my best mates and can’t wait to play under Michael Cheika with the Australian team.”

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