Australia's Billy Slater released by police without charge after nightclub "scuffle"

Australian rugby league player Billy Slater is released by police without charge following a nightclub "scuffle" in Manchester.

The Australian Rugby League team have announced that full-back Billy Slater has been released by police following a nightclub "scuffle" in Manchester.

The 30-year-old is said to have acted in self-defence when he was confronted outside of a nightclub, resulting in him being released without charge.

A statement from the NRL said: "After reviewing CCTV footage of a scuffle outside a Manchester nightclub, police have determined that Slater 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."

The incident occurred after Australia defeated Ireland 50-0 in their final World Cup pool match.

Australia's Jonathan Thurston scores his team's opening try against England during their World Cup Group A match on October 26, 2013
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