Gerrard charged with ABH and affray

England footballer Steven Gerrard was today charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray following an alleged nightclub brawl, Merseyside police said.













The Liverpool captain was charged this morning along with two other men who had also been arrested after an altercation outside a late-night bar in Southport, Merseyside in the early hours of yesterday morning.



The venue's DJ, a 34-year-old local man, required hospital treatment after suffering facial injuries.



Gerrard, 28, was released from Southport police station early this morning.



He was at the restaurant and bar - which turns into a nightclub - with friends to celebrate Liverpool's 5-1 destruction of Newcastle United.



In a statement, a Merseyside Police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police has charged Steven Gerrard, 28 years, of Formby, Sefton, John Doran, 29, and Ian Smith, 19 years, both from Huyton, Liverpool, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray following an incident at Bold Street in Southport in the early hours of Monday, December 29.



"The three men will be appearing at North Sefton Magistrates' Court on January 23."



The spokesman said Gerrard and the two other men had been bailed and three other men, aged 18, 31 and 33, who were arrested in connection with the incident were bailed pending further inquiries.



After the game on Sunday the Reds' captain, who scored twice, hailed his table-topping side as the best he has played in.



But several hours later he was apparently caught up in a brawl outside the Lounge Inn in Bold Street.



Police were called and arrested six men on suspicion of assault in nearby Lord Street.



The town centre business remained shut yesterday but evidence of a fight inside could be seen through the windows.



Spots of blood were clearly visible on the floor, along with shards of broken glass.



Gerrard has been capped by England 70 times and has captained his country on four occasions.



He was made an MBE last year and received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.



Liverpool's next match is against Preston in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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