Liverpool's Steven Gerrard denies nightclub attack

03 April 2009 12:40
The Liverpool captain formally pleaded not guilty to affray when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court. [LNB]Gerrard, 28, was accused of being part of a group that allegedly injured businessman Marcus McGee, 34, at the Lounge Inn, Southport, in the early hours of Dec 29 last year. [LNB] Related ArticlesGerrard agrees new dealBenitez: I almost quit Liverpool'Liverpool best in Europe'Benitez faces anxious international waitLiverpool look to futureEto'o linked with Liverpool moveHis appearance came on the day he signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Anfield until 2013.[LNB]Asked how he pleaded, the father of two, dressed smartly in a single-breasted dark blue suit, said in a loud voice: "Not guilty." [LNB]He appeared alongside six other men who also denied affray - a charge stemming from a melee after Gerrard celebrated Liverpool's 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle. [LNB]Today, the Recorder of Liverpool Henry Globe QC adjourned the trial to July 20. [LNB]Because of Gerrard's standing as Liverpool captain, there had been discussion in legal circles about whether the trial would be moved to another city. [LNB]But Judge Globe, saying careful consideration would be given to jury members' interests, kept the case in Liverpool. [LNB]He checked with prosecuting barrister Brian Cummings QC and the rest of counsel today whether his own interest in football - and visits to Anfield - had any bearing on him presiding over the trial. [LNB]He said: "I want to make it quite plain, my own position, I want it to be clearly understood. [LNB]"I am not a season ticket-holder, nor regular attender at Anfield, but it would be right to say I have been a visitor at Anfield as a guest on occasions. [LNB]"I have a general interest in football and watched many football matches, though not live, with many different clubs, not just Liverpool." [LNB]The assembled barristers agreed that was fine. [LNB]The seven defendants were given bail with conditions not to contact witnesses nor to enter the Lounge Inn unless with a legal representative. [LNB][LNB][LNB][LNB] 

Source: Telegraph