England Players Apologize for ‘Inappropriate’ Behavior at Oval

England’s cricket team apologized for any offense caused during its Ashes victory celebrations following reports that some players urinated on the pitch at the Oval in London.

Players relieved themseleves on the pitch in view of venue staff and journalists after England sealed a 3-0 series win against Australia on Aug. 25, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported two days ago. England spin bowler Graeme Swann wrote in yesterday’s Sun newspaper that “the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward.”

In a statement on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website today, the team said that it hadn’t intended to disrespect ground operator Surrey County Cricket Club, the Oval or “anyone else involved in the game we love.”

“We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behavior was inappropriate,” the team said in the statement. “If that has caused any offence to anyone, we apologize for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgment more than anything else.”

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