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Video: CCTV Footage of Steven Gerrard’s bar brawl

Evidence presented in court shows Liverpool captain’s darker side

While his colleagues spread the word of Liverpool FC across Asia, Steven Gerrard MBE this week finds himself in Liverpool crown court, defending a charge of affray that he earned on a marvellous night of drinking and punching in Merseyside last December.

Celebrating a 5-1 victory that would later help Newcastle find a new division, the Liverpool captain went to a restaurant/ disco in Southport, where he entered into a row with 34-year-old ‘businessman’ Marcus McGee. The court heard that Mr McGee was in charge of the playlist at a staff party at the venue, but Stevie G demanded some input into the choice of music. When McGee refused to surrender control of the CD player, he became the man “who has said ‘No’ to Steven Gerrard”.

A fracas ensued, and The Guardian pick up the story from where the CCTV footage moves to the bar area:

The prosecution say that six minutes later, he returned to the bar, approached McGee who was sitting alone at the bar and confronted him with the words: “Who the fuck do you think you are?”"Steven Gerrard had clearly lost his cool – he was very angry with Marcus McGee.”

One of Gerrard’s friends. John Doran, pushed McGee away and elbowed him in the face. The prosecution claims Gerrard then “totally lost it”.

“Almost immediately after the blow from John Doran, in fact within seconds, Steven Gerrard joined in the attack with a succession of well-aimed uppercut punches, delivered with the style and speed of a professional boxer, rather than professional footballer.”

Ian Smith, another member of Gerrard’s party, joined in. Doran and Smith then kicked McGee.

Even though Gerrard delivered the first blow, his counsel are arguing that the attack on McGee was in ‘self defence’. The prosecution have asserted that “This was never self-defence in 100 years.”

Gerrard’s do-defendants have all pleaded guilty, meaning the family man is fighting the charge alone.

The trial continues, and is expected to last around a week.

2 responses so far
  • Joke of the day. // July 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    What do you call a scouser in a suit?

    The defendant.

  • A. West // July 27, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I will refrain from saying, “Gerrard has brought shame upon the people of Liverpool” because from many years of experience with the people of Liverpool, I know that Liverpudlians (you know, those well portrayed wretched low class and criminals-from-birth persons as shown through TV shows and documentaries) don’t know how to feel shame in the normal sense. Gerrard has shown he is typical, no doubt, of the in-bred attitude of these people, in that they are for the obvious majority just born thugs and mindless football obsessed idiots, who lack the physical courage of normal mankind (6 against one is the Liverpudlian idea of fairness), and also lack moral courage, (boo hoo, please believe I’m a nice footballer. Good job I had the money to buy the police off, and all my friends were on the jury, now I don’t have to face the music for being a yellow piece of garbage in human form because I’ll get F****d if I go to prison).
    Enough said, case proved. Gerrard is held in contempt by all decent people.

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