England’s Vunipola fined for resisting arrest


England back-row Billy Vunipola was arrested in Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday for resisting arrest and has been fined €240 ($257) for the incident.

In a statement shared by his club Saracens, Vunipola denied reports that he had acted violently to cause the arrest.

“I can confirm I was involved in an unfortunate misunderstanding when I was leaving a club in Mallorca on Sunday, which got out of hand,” his statement, released Monday, read.

“Contrary to media reports, there was no violence, no fight and I did not threaten anybody at any stage, with bottles or chairs or anything else.

“I was charged with resisting arrest and, following an ‘express trial,’ I have paid a fine of €240. The Spanish police investigation is now closed and I am flying back to the UK today.”

Saracens had earlier issued their own statement saying they would deal with the incident “internally.” Vunipola added that he would “obviously cooperate” with their process.

Vunipola, 31, has made 75 appearances for England, most recently featuring in the narrow Rugby World Cup semifinal defeat to South Africa in October.

He played for Saracens against Bath in their 15-12 win on Friday.

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