23 Mar 2013

Slater escapes charge over boot in face

7:17 pm on 23 March 2013

Billy Slater has escaped penalty for his mid-air boot in the face of an opponent during Thursday night's National Rugby League match.

Melbourne fullback Slater sparked controversy and was put on report when his extended leg caught Bulldogs prop David Klemmer in the chest and face as he flew through the air after taking a high ball.

However, the match review panel laid no charges from the match, which Premiers Melbourne won 22-18 at AAMI Park.

Slater would have faced a suspension if charged and found guilty.

Afte the match the Storm coach Craig Bellamy called on the match review committee to use "common sense" and said his player was only protecting himself.