Liverpool’s Gerrard denies assault charge

England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard told a court on Friday he would plead not guilty to assaulting a man in a bar brawl in December.

The Liverpool captain was arrested in the early hours of December 29 after police were called to the Lounge Bar nightclub in Southport, north of Liverpool in north-west United Kingdom.

Company director Marcus McGee (34) required hospital treatment after receiving facial injuries in the incident. In a short hearing at North Sefton Magistrate’s Court, Gerrard (28) said he intended to deny charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and affray, the Press Association reported.

He was released on bail and the case was adjourned until March 20. Two other men, John Doran (29) and Ian Smith (19), both from Liverpool are also charged with the same offences.

The incident occurred following Gerrard’s man-of-the-match performance in a 5-1 win over Newcastle United in which he had scored twice.

After his arrest, the club pledged its full backing for the player. — Reuters

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