Billy Vunipola denies ‘violence’ in statement ‘unreservedly’ apologising for Majorca arrest

Adam Kyriacou
Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens.

Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens.

England number eight Billy Vunipola has issued a statement following his arrest on the Spanish island of Majorca, insisting there was “no violence” during the incident.

The 31-year-old has “unreservedly” apologised after being fined for resisting the law in the early hours of Sunday morning and is set to fly home to the UK on Monday.

Vunipola had been in Majorca on a break after playing for club side Saracens in their 15-12 victory against Bath in the Premiership on Friday night.

Got out of hand

Local reports said Vunipola had taken off his shirt and was threatening customers and employees with bottles and chairs. However, the player has vehemently denied that version of events.

In a statement issued through his club, Vunipola said he was charged with resisting the law and fined 240 euros (£205) following an “express trial”.

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The England international described the incident as an “unfortunate misunderstanding” which “got out of hand”.

In his statement, Vunipola said: “I can confirm I was involved in an unfortunate misunderstanding when I was leaving a club in Majorca on Sunday, which got out of hand.

“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.”

240 euros fine

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

“I will obviously cooperate with the Saracens internal process and unreservedly apologise for any inconvenience to all involved.”

The experienced forward, who is rumoured to be moving to a Top 14 club at the end of the season, has not played for England since the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

His club also put out a statement on Monday which read: “Saracens is aware of an incident involving Billy Vunipola in Majorca.

“We will of course deal with this incident internally, and will not make any further comment until then.”

Saracens are not in action this coming weekend as the Champions Cup semi-finals take centre stage, with Mark McCall’s men’s next game coming on Saturday, May 11 at Bristol Bears.

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