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Gerrard affray trial is adjourned

Steven Gerrard arrived at court on Monday morning

The trial of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and six other men in connection with a fight at a Merseyside nightclub has been adjourned.

The 29-year-old, appearing at Liverpool Crown Court, denies a charge of affray relating to the incident at the Lounge Inn, Southport, last year.

A 34-year-old businessman was injured at the bar on 29 December.

Proceedings were delayed on Monday for legal discussions and are expected to get under way on Tuesday.

Mr Gerrard, from Formby, Merseyside, had been celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle United.

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

Four men from Huyton, Merseyside, are also charged. They are: John McGrattan, 33, of Rimmer Avenue; Paul McGrattan, 31, of Linden Drive; John Doran, 29, of Woodlands Road; Ian Smith, 19, of Hilary Avenue.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.



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