South Africa’s World Cup-winning fly-half On Sunday, Elton Jantjies was arrested at a Johannesburg airport for allegedly inflicting “malicious property damage” on a flight from Dubai.
Jantjies, 31, was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport and freed on bail of 1,000 rand (£51).
On Monday, he is scheduled to appear in a magistrates’ court.
Jantjies’ agent claimed that his client was accused of damaging a light aboard the plane.
“We believe the incident has been exaggerated unnecessarily,” James Adams said in a statement.
“Our client, on the other hand, is cooperating with the investigation and will treat the situation with the seriousness it demands.”
Jantjies, who has 41 caps for the Springboks and was a member of the team that won the 2019 World Cup, had been on holiday in Turkey with his family, who are still there, before travelling home through Dubai.
“The SAPS can confirm that the 31-year-old male who was arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport for malicious damage to property has been freed on bond,” said Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a spokesperson for the South African Police Service.