UPDATE: Steven Gerrard appeared in Southport Magistrate’s court with two other defendants (Ian Smith & John Doran). All three have been granted bail and are due to return to court on March 20th. Gerrrard pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and affray.
Steven Gerrard MBE was arrested on Monday December 29th following a fight at the Lounge Inn, Southport. He had gone there on Sunday evening with friends following Liverpool’s win at Newcastle. Allegedly McGee (the victim) had been in charge of the bar’s music system and had refused to let Gerrard select a song. According to witnesses, Gerrard then pushed past McGee catching him with his elbow. Mr McGee then retaliated and swore at Gerrard, at which point one of Gerrard’s friends allegedly smashed a beer bottle over McGee’s head. McGee was taken to hospital where he received four stitches to his forehead and treatment on a cut nose, swollen eye and dislodged tooth. Police have arrested Gerrard and five other men in relation to the incident. All are charged with Affray and Assualt occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and are due to appear before magistrates on January 23rd.
Source: Daily Mail, The Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/liverpool/article5412689.ece, BBC Online: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7802932.stm