England rugby star Billy Vunipola releases statement after being tasered and arrested

Billy Vunipola was arrested at a bar in Majorca (Getty)

Billy Vunipola has described his arrest as an ‘unfortunate misunderstanding’ after the England rugby star was tasered by police at a bar in Majorca.

The 31-year-old was tasered twice by police at a bar called Epic in Palma in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was then taken to a nearby hospital where he was arrested.

Vunipola, who is 6ft 2in and weighs nearly 20 stone, is accused of assaulting a police officer during the confrontation.

However, Vunipola insists there was ‘no violence’ during the incident and that the case is now ‘closed’ after he paid a fine of €240 (£205) at an ‘express trial’.

‘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,’ Vunipola said in a statement.

‘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.

Billy Vunipola was arrested and tasered at a club in Palma

Billy Vunipola was arrested and tasered at a club in Palma (J.BASTIDA/SOLARPIX.COM)

‘I was charged with resisting the law and, following an ‘express trial’, I have paid a fine of €240 (£205).

‘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.’

Epic bar in Palma

Billy Vunipola was arrested after an incident at a bar called Epic in Palma (Google)

A spokesperson for the National Police in Majorca said: ‘In the early hours of yesterday [Sunday] morning, at 4.30 am, the National Police proceeded to the arrest of a 31-year-old foreign man, for a crime of disobedience and attacking a police officer.

‘The police officers tried at all times to get him to calm down, but the man would not listen to reason. At that moment, the man pushed and slapped an officer and a policeman pulled out his electric stun gun and fired, hitting a projectile in the wallet, which did not discharge.

‘A second projectile was then fired, which did the job, and it was then that the officers jumped on him and proceeded to immobilise him by shackling him, later taking him to Son Espases hospital for assessment and arrest.’

The Saracens No.8, who was born in Australia to Tongan parents and moved to the UK as a young child, has been capped 75 times by England during his career.

His father and uncle both played for Tonga. His cousin, Taupe Faletau, has been capped by Wales and British and Irish Lions.

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