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Still don't know what we did wrong: Monk
Liam Fitzgibbon
19:42 AEST Fri Jul 20 2012

Swimmer Kenrick Monk says he hopes to meet with Australian Olympic chef de mission Nick Green face-to-face in London to discuss the "harsh" decision to send he and Nick D'Arcy home after their events.

While Monk says he's accepted his punishment over the Facebook photo saga, and thinks Green will not change his mind, he claimed on Friday: "We really don't know what we really did wrong."

The AOC came down hard on the controversial pair last month after Monk posted a photograph of the pair holding guns in a US firearms shop, with Green giving the repeat offenders a public dressing down and ordering them to fly out immediately after their events are over.

The decision was criticised in some quarters and Monk clearly still thinks it was harsh.

"Basically you could see from the public outcry there was nothing to (the incident)," Monk said from Australia's training camp in Manchester on Friday.

"It's one of those things, it was just a bit of fun, a bit of bonding with the boys. There was nothing to it and we meant nothing by it."

While it's understood Green has been in contact with the pair on several occasions Monk said it would be "nice" to meet face-to-face rather than through emails.

"Basically, just to see what leg everyone's standing on," Monk said.

"We really don't know what we really did wrong, that was the thing to it, so we've basically just got to have a talk to him a bit more formal, face-to-face ... that would be a little bit nicer."

AOC spokesman Mike Tancred said Green had spoken to Monk on several occasions and would be happy to have another chat with Monk when he made it to the village.

Monk revealed he had appealed the decision but with no success and added there were "other incidences that have happened and no punishment was dished out to those boys in any way like that," possibly in reference to the recent rants of runner John Steffensen.

But he insisted he had accepted the call.

"They won't change their mind ... basically my goal is just to swim, that's what I want to do and I can come home and then I can catch up with the boys a bit later on," he said.

"I've got to accept that ... I'm an adult and it's one of those things."

D'Arcy said he had not heard of any potential meetings with Green, nor did he want to before he competes in the 200m butterfly.

"Any discussions I engaged in with Nick Green would be after my race, because at this stage I don't want to think about it," D'Arcy said.

"I don't want to think about going home early, I don't want to think about staying and partying, none of those things are crossing my mind.

"The only thing I'm focusing on is the heats and when those heats are finished, it will be semis and then it will be finals, and after that we will see."

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