Billy Slater released after club scuffle

AUSTRALIAN fullback Billy Slater has been released by police in the UK after a scuffle at a Manchester nightclub.

Kangaroos team management said Slater, who played in the 50-0 win over Ireland in the World Cup on Sunday morning, was the victim.

The NRL released a statement last night which read: "Australian Rugby League team management can confirm player Billy Slater was detained by police this morning and has been released without charge.

"After reviewing CCTV footage of a scuffle outside a Manchester nightclub, police have determined that Slater (pictured) was the victim who then acted in self-defence and has informed him of his right to press charges.

"Billy was returning to the venue to collect his jacket that he left behind when he was attacked. Both men were detained for several hours while police reviewed footage of the incident.

"The Australian team players were free of official duties after returning from Ireland."

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