Slater was out with teammates on Sunday when an altercation led to police being called but the police and Australia management are satisfied the Melbourne Storm star was the victim. 

The Australia camp has released a statement: “Australian Rugby League team management can confirm player Billy Slater was detained by police this morning and has been released without charge.”

The incident follows Australia’s 50-0 win over Ireland in their last group match and leading into their quarter-final against the USA on Saturday in Wrexham, nearby in Wales. 

The statement continued: “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.”