25 Jan 2009

Gerrard pleads not guilty

5:38 pm on 25 January 2009

England and Liverpool football midfielder Steven Gerrard has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man in a bar brawl in December.

The Liverpool captain was arrested in the early hours of December 29th after police were called to the Lounge Bar nightclub in Southport, north of Liverpool in northwest England.

Company director Marcus McGee, 34, required hospital treatment after receiving facial injuries in the incident.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said the club were fully behind Gerrard who was released on bail to appear in court again on March 20th, the day before a Premier League game against title rivals Aston Villa.