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Wayne Riley escorted off plane

Australian golfer Wayne Riley was met by security staff at Perth airport after an argument with a fellow passenger on a flight from South Africa, the player said on Tuesday.

Riley, 38, the 1991 Australian Open champion, was travelling to Perth on Monday for the Heineken Classic which starts on Thursday.

Riley admitted to Australian Associated Press that he had traded insults with a South African passenger after the man took offence at being told to keep quiet by Riley.

"We didn't see eye to eye," Riley said on Tuesday.

"I told him what I thought of him and he told me what he thought of me.

"That was about the end of it."

Wayne Riley in action at the Ford Open earlier this month. Allsport.

Riley said security officers, who were waiting for him at the airport, accompanied him to collect his bags and took him to a waiting car.

No charges were laid against Riley who has a reputation on the golf circuit for speaking his mind.

He said he suspected the security staff were only involved to ensure the incident did not reignite at the Perth terminal.

Australasian golf tour spokesman Julian Buckmaster told Reuters he was unaware of the incident.


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