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Former Australia opener Michael Slater kicked off plane after row, delayed flight

Michael Slater, now a well-known TV pundit who is due to commentate at the upcoming World Cup in England, confirmed the incident in a statement. It was further reaffirmed by the airline.

Former Australia players Ricky Ponting and Michael Slater
Michael Slater (R) was kicked off a flight in Australia. (Source: AP File)

Former Australian cricket team’s opener Michael Slater was kicked off a plane after a heated argument with two friends, delaying the flight for 30 minutes. Macquarie Sports Radio, citing eyewitnesses, said the row began between Slater and two women as they boarded a flight from Sydney to his hometown Wagga Wagga on Sunday.

It then grew into a bigger ruckus with yelling and swearing as they took their seats with the report claiming Slater locked himself in a toilet and refused to come out, needing security to be called to remove him.

Slater is now a well-known TV pundit who is due to commentate at the upcoming World Cup in England. The incident was confirmed to the outlet in a statement.

“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.

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Australian airline Qantas also confirmed an incident, without naming the former batsman. “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 news agency AFP. “He complied with the crew’s request.”

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Slater’s batting record saw him score 5312 runs, while occupying the top spot in the Australian batting, before retiring in 2004.

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