Gerrard to face charges over 'brawl'

LONDON: The Liverpool and England player faces a single charge of affray at Liverpool Crown Court.

It is alleged Gerrard, 29, was involved in a melee that saw businessman Marcus McGee, 34, lose a tooth and sustain facial cuts.

The midfielder was at the Lounge Inn, Southport, celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle United when trouble flared in the early hours of December 29.

The married father-of-two will appear with six other defendants who are all also charged with affray.

They are Accrington Stanley players - goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, 28, of Guildford Road, Southport, and midfielder Robert Grant, 18, of Enstone Avenue, Litherland - and John Doran, 29, of Woodlands Road, and Ian Smith, 19, of Hilary Avenue, both Huyton, Merseyside; John McGrattan, 33, of Rimmer Avenue, and Paul McGrattan, 31, of Linden Drive, both Huyton.

It is not clear how the court charges will affect Liverpool's pre-season preparations in Asia and no official statement has been issued by the club so far.