NRL: Slater escapes penalty

Billy Slater of the Storm catches a high ball and kicks David Klemmer of the Bulldogs. Photo / Getty Images
Billy Slater of the Storm catches a high ball and kicks David Klemmer of the Bulldogs. Photo / Getty Images

Billy Slater has escaped penalty for his mid-air boot in the face of an opponent during Thursday night's NRL match.

Melbourne fullback Slater sparked controversy and was put on report when his extended leg caught Bulldogs prop David Klemmer in the chest and face as he flew through the air after taking a high ball.

However, the match review panel on Friday laid no charges from the match, which premiers Melbourne won 22-18 at AAMI Park.

Slater had been put on report following advice from the video referee, who had as a suspected "act of foul play''.

With 75 carry-over points, Slater would have faced a suspension if charged and found guilty.

Afte the match Storm coach Craig Bellamy called on the match review committee to use "common sense''.

He said his player was only protecting himself.

- AAP

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