Luke Rhoden death: Calls for police inquiry

Luke Rhoden and father Norman Rhoden
Image caption Luke Rhoden (l) was described as a "fantastic lad" by his father Norman

The father of a former rugby player who died after falling from a balcony in Ibiza has called for an investigation into the actions of Spanish police.

Luke Rhoden, 25, died at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Police said he suffered cuts in the fall and were called after he refused treatment. He later suffered a suspected heart attack, they added.

Norman Rhoden said he wanted clarity after reading reports his son was "excessively beaten" on social media.

Mr Rhoden, from Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, said several people in the area at the time posted comments about the incident.

"The feedback we have been getting on social media is suggesting something more untoward or sinister has happened as they were trying to contain him.

"I'm not disagreeing that his behaviour may have been erratic, but what force have they used to subdue him? That's my concern, that's what I want to get to the bottom of."

'Lived for fitness'

The Home Office confirmed a British national had died on the island and it was providing consular assistance to his family.

Mr Rhoden played for Wigan Warriors academy in 2007 and 2008 before playing semi-professionally at Oldham Roughyeds.

The Oldham side said: "He was only with us for one season but was well liked and always gave 100%."

The father described his son as a "fantastic lad".

He said: "He lived for fitness, he trained all the time. He would go out and have a blow-out, but then he would be back in the gym."

Guardia Civil said no investigation was currently planned into the police handling of the incident.

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