England rugby star Billy Vunipola mocked police while being tasered in Spanish bar

Billy Vunipola laughed after being tasered by police at a bar in Majorca (SOLARPIX.COM)

England rugby star Billy Vunipola laughed and said ‘another one’ after he was tasered by police at a bar in Majorca.

The 31-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after he was tasered twice by police in a bar called Epic in Majorca’s capital Palma.

Vunipola, who is 6ft 2in and weighs nearly 20 stone, is accused of assaulting a police officer during the confrontation which he has since described as an ‘unfortunate misunderstanding’.

The Saracens No.8, who was born in Australia to Tongan parents and moved to Wales as a young child, paid a fine of €240 (£205) at an express trial and is now travelling back to the UK.

In a statement on Monday, Vunipola insisted there was ‘no violence’ during his confrontation with police, and bar owner, Toni Rocha, denied initial reports that the England international threatened other people at the venue but admitted he ‘started becoming a problem as he became drunker’.

‘He arrived just before 3am on Sunday morning with a friend who I believe is also a rugby player,’ Rocha said.

‘I know they’d been drinking in the Santa Catalina neighbourhood before they came here because a waiter who we know who works in a bar there and was in on Saturday night told us.

Police fired two taser shots at Billy Vunipola (SOLARPIX.COM)

‘It was just Billy and his friend but when they ordered the first round they asked for six amarettos with orange juice and freshly squeezed lime.

‘I know because I served them. I’m pretty sure they drank them between the two of them, with Billy having four and the friend the other two.

‘The friend was fine but Billy started becoming a problem as he became drunker. I had to ask him to put his top on at one point when he took it off while he was at the bar.

‘The first time I asked him to put his shirt on he was propping himself up at the bar with his elbows and he was drinking from one of the glasses I’d poured him and had another three drinks in a triangle in front of him.

‘He didn’t threaten customers or staff with bottles or bar stalls or anything like that but he was annoying other customers by pushing them, not in a violent way, but elbowing them and bothering them.’

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

Rocha also revealed that bar staff felt helpless as they were unable to remove Vunipola from the venue.

Police fired two taser shots at the 31-year-old, however, the first hit his wallet before the second immobilised him.

‘He put his shirt on when I asked him to first time round. His friend who was co-operative at all times helped him put it back on,’ Rocha said.

‘But then he took it off a second time and then a third and we decided to call police.

‘I’d already got the doormen involved to try to get him to leave and his friend was assisting us but there was just no way we could get him to abandon the premises and the situation was becoming very tense and we saw we were going to have a problem if we tried to use physical force to get him out.

‘I warned his friend I was going to call police and he said, ‘do what you have to do.’

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

‘We thought he was going to calm down when he saw uniformed officers arrive but when the first police appeared on the scene he confronted them and they had to call for back-up.

‘It was around 4am and we still had more than an hour left before we were supposed to close.

‘When the back-up arrived the police told us to clear the bar, put the lights on and cut the music.

‘The rugby player reacted by confronting the officers when they went to talk to him and insult them. I heard him saying, ‘f****** cops’. He also hit one of them with his shirt in his hand.

‘They tried to get him out and couldn’t until they tasered him. He laughed the first time they went to taser him, it was like a film, and I heard the words, ‘another one’ and the second time round he fell to the ground and the officers immobilised him and put wrist-ties on him.

‘We’re considering filing a formal complaint because between the hour or more we had to close at what is normally a really busy time of the night and the drinks that were unpaid for when we had to clear the premises, we’ve lost more than £2,000. He was the only reason we had to clear the premises.

‘The first and second time his friend helped him put his shirt back on and I got security involved after that. My doormen handled the situation very well and the police also.

Billy Vunipola has been caped 75 times by England (Getty)

‘It could have turned out very different and ended very badly because we were dealing with a strong man who was very drunk and was acting inappropriately and refusing requests for him to leave.

‘We felt things could have got broken or he could have assaulted someone if we tried to force him out.

‘I didn’t feel frightened, it was more a feeling of impotence that we couldn’t get him to abandon the premises. But some clients, especially women clients, were feeling frightened and very uncomfortable.

‘I discovered the friend was also a rugby player, a teammate of his I think, when the police were talking to him.

‘The police were on the scene very quickly and the ambulance arrived later. He was taken away on a stretcher and he was calm by that point.

‘He was talking in English and I think he was asking to be left alone but I couldn’t understand very well what he was saying.’

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In his statement on Monday, Vunipola said: ‘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.

‘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 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.’

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