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Gerrard denies bar affray charge

Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool star appeared in court with six other men

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has denied any involvement in a fight in a Merseyside nightclub.

The 28-year-old England star pleaded not guilty to affray when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

He is accused of being part of a group that injured businessman Marcus McGee, 34, at the Lounge Inn, Southport, in the early hours of 29 December 2008.

Mr Gerrard appeared in court on Friday alongside six other men who face the same charge.

They include Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, 28, of Guildford Road, Southport, and midfielder Robert Grant, 18, of Enstone Avenue, Litherland.

Also in the dock were John McGrattan, 33, of Rimmer Avenue; Paul McGrattan, 31, of Linden Drive; John Doran, 29, of Woodlands Road, and Ian Smith, 19, of Hilary Avenue, all Huyton.

Bail conditions

Asked how he pleaded, the father-of-two, said: "Not guilty." All six other men entered the same plea.

The Recorder of Liverpool, Henry Globe QC, adjourned the trial until 20 July.

All seven defendants were given bail with conditions not to contact witnesses nor to enter the Lounge Inn unless with a legal representative.

Mr Gerrard was arrested along with a number of other men outside the venue after the disturbance last year.

He had been out celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle United.

Liverpool Football Club revealed during his court appearance that Mr Gerrard had agreed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain at Anfield until 2013.


Gerrard has denied a charge of affray

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