Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Rugby star spent night in the cells

Rugby player Rob Verbakel was held by police in Parma after the Glasgow Warriors met Aironi

A Glasgow Warriors rugby star has spent the night in the cells in Italy following an altercation in Parma.

Dutch lock Rob Verbakel was held by police in Parma after the Glasgow Warriors met Aironi last Saturday.

It is understood he was taken by police overnight and held for four hours following an altercation between three men.

One is understood to have been a friend of Verbakel's, and the third is understood to be an Italian rugby player.

Sources said the matter would not be pursued further.

A Glasgow Warriors spokesman said: "Glasgow Warriors are aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players in Italy last weekend.

"The club and the player in question have co-operated fully with the Italian authorities and will continue to do so as required.

"The club have been informed that the third party from the alleged incident does not wish to pursue the matter."

Verbakel joined Glasgow Warriors in September from New Zealand side Otago.

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