Sydney - Former
Australian opener Michael Slater was kicked off a plane after a heated
argument with two friends, delaying the flight for 30 minutes, a report
said on Tuesday.
Macquarie Sports Radio, citing eyewitnesses, said the row erupted
between Slater and two women as they boarded a flight from Sydney to his
hometown Wagga Wagga on Sunday.
It escalated with yelling and swearing as they took their seats, the
broadcaster reported, claiming Slater locked himself in a toilet and
refused to come out, with security called to remove him.
Slater, now a well-known television pundit who is due to commentate
at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England, confirmed the incident in a
statement, according to Macquarie.
"I did have an argument with two friends whilst boarding a flight to
Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers
on the flight," he said.
Australian airline Qantas also confirmed an incident, without naming Slater.
"Prior to departure on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight on Sunday, a
male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive," it
said in a statement to AFP.
"He complied with the crew's request."
Slater occupied a position at the top of the Australian Test batting
order for close to a decade, hitting 5 312 runs before his 2004