TV commentator and former cricketer Michael Slater was removed from a Qantas flight on Sunday afternoon.
Radio 2GB reported passengers were boarding QF2229 from Sydney to Wagga when Slater became involved in a heated discussion with two women. Reports suggested he locked himself in the bathroom with airport security attending and the flight delayed by almost half an hour.
Qantas confirmed “a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive. He complied with the crew’s request.”
Daily Mail also published photos of the former cricketer standing on the tarmac beside the plane.
Slater’s management denied he locked himself in a bathroom but a statement from the cricketer was issued.
“I did have an argument with 2 friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight,” Slater said in a statement.
The incident has already attracted media coverage in the UK.
Slater was signed by Seven for its cricket commentary team last year, and is due to commentate for Nine’s World Cup coverage shortly. Seven declined to comment.