Gerrard cleared of affray

Steven Gerrard has been cleared of affray following an altercation in a bar in Southport last December. The Liverpool captain admitted to punching Marcus McGee a number of times but denied affray claiming that he had acted in self defence.

The incident took place in the Lounge Inn where the England midfielder was celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League with a number of friends. However, a disagreement over the control of the pub's CD player led to a brawl between McGee and members of Gerrard's party.

The midfielder told the jury that he had struck McGee in order to defend himself: "He was on his way forward to me and his behaviour had changed from when I was having a discussion with him. I didn't know why."

Gerrard continued: "I am certainly mistaken in thinking he was coming towards me to throw punches at me. Now I know, obviously, he had been struck, reacted and thought the strike was by me and he came into me and that's when I reacted."

The Jury at Liverpool Crown Court ruled in favour of Gerrard while the other members of his party admitted to affray in the days following the incident. And to think that all the hassle was caused by a Phil Collins CD.

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