After returning to Europe, cyclist Mathieu van der Boel commented on the hotel scandal during the World Cup in Australia.
“I admit I made a mistake. I never wanted to hurt anyone,” the Dutchman told Head Latche News at Brussels airport. The night before the World Championship race on 25 September Van der Boel got into an argument with two girls who disturbed his sleep by knocking on his door. A 27-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted after allegedly pushing someone away. The cyclist was fined 1,000 euros in Australia and was later allowed to return home.
The former cross world champion contradicted the version that he pushed a woman. Van der Boel insisted he grabbed the girl’s hand. “These rumors that I pushed someone are not true. There are two sides to the story, but it’s hard to prove that in Australia,” said Albesin the professional. “I apologize for the mistake. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have called the front desk.”
That’s what the judge told him to do. Through his actions, van der Boel took the law into his own hands. As a result of the complaint, the medalist spent the night before the World Championship race in a police station. In the race itself, he got off the bike after a good hour.
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