Michael Slater Kicked Off Plane, Commentary Future In Doubt

Cricket commentator and former Test batsman Michael Slater was kicked off a Qantas plane in Sydney over the weekend.

According to reports on Sydney radio station 2GB, passengers were boarding Qantas flight QF 2229 from Sydney to Wagga Wagga -- the regional city where Slater was born -- when there was a "disturbance".

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Eyewitnesses report that Slater became involved in a heated discussion with the two women he was travelling with. He reportedly swore and repeatedly raised his voice after taking his seat.

Qantas said "a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive" and that "he complied with the crew’s request", but would release no further details.

Macquarie Radio, which owns 2GB, reports that Slater, who is 49, issued a statement which said: 

"I did have an argument with two friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight."

There have been rumblings in recent weeks that Slater's commentary contract for next summer may be under review. He is said to have been difficult to work with at times.

This incident could potentially thicken the plot.

More to come.