Australian player detained in nightclub scuffle

MANCHESTER, England (AP) British police have released Australia rugby league fullback Billy Slater after he was arrested following a nightclub scuffle in Manchester.

The Melbourne and Queensland representative player was out celebrating Australia's third win of the Rugby League World Cup when he became involved in a scuffle early Monday.

Australia's team management says Slater was released without charge. A team statement says Slater was the victim, having been attacked as he returned to a nightclub to collect his jacket.

The statement says police reviewed video footage of the incident and found that Slater "acted in self-defense."

The team says players were "free of official duties" as Australia prepares for Saturday's quarterfinal against the United States in the Welsh city of Wrexham.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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