Victorian footballer killed in Las Vegas

A Port Adelaide player has died after falling from a balcony while holidaying in Las Vegas.

The player is understood to have fallen from a balcony in the US resort town early this morning.

It is understood about a dozen Port players left after Friday night's best-and-fairest dinner to holiday together in Vegas.

Port Adelaide is expected to put out a media release soon.

Fairfax Media has chosen not to name the player with as his friends and family are still being informed.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said: ‘‘Victoria Police is aware of an incident involving a Victorian man in Las Vegas. As it is not a Victoria Police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further’’.

The club's Player Operations Manager Peter Rohde is travelling to Las Vegas to assist distraught teammates of the player.

‘‘At this point, the club is unable to confirm the identity of the player involved in this tragedy as family members are still being informed,’’ a statement released by Port Adelaide said.

‘‘The club is in contact with members of the travelling group and is working with US authorities while investigations continue ... The club has also made contact with its other players still in Australia.’’

The club said it could not make any further comment at this stage.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the department was in contact with US authorities about the incident.

‘‘We are aware of reports an Australian man has been involved in a serious incident in Las Vegas,’’ she said.

‘‘Australian consular officials are seeking further details from US authorities.’’

- theage.com

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