Former Test umpire Hair admits stealing more than £5,000 from off-licence

first_imgFORMER Test umpire Darrell Hair has admitted stealing money from an off-licence where he worked. The 65-year-old Australian, one of the most controversial officials in the history of the game, stole more than AU$9,000 (£5,310) from the shop where he was employed between February and April this year, while he was suffering from a gambling addiction.During his umpiring career, Hair is best remembered for no-balling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne in 1995 and punishing Pakistan for suspected ball-tampering against England at The Oval in 2006.Following the incident, Pakistan responded by refusing to return to the field after the tea interval.Orange Court magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, noting that he had repaid the money.Hair’s solicitor, Andrew Rolfe, said: “My client has been in the public eye for many years and this is a bit of a fall for him, to find himself before the court in these circumstances. This is an aberration in the life of a man who, prior to this, had a lifetime of service to the community and to a sport that he loved.”Caption;Australian Umpire Darrell Hair watches Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan bowl during a one day match against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground, January 13, 2003. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File Photolast_img read more

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