Steven Gerrard "lost it' - court shown CCTV of nightclub brawl
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions in his role as soccer superstar for Liverpool and England but yesterday CCTV was shown in court that allegedly shows him violently attacking a DJ with a flurry of punches worthy of the boxing ring.
It's alleged that Gerrard had been drinking with friends celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win against Newcastle United when he became annoyed that the the DJ Marcus McGee did not defer to his request to let him take over control of the DJ booth CD players.
The case continues today and will last for a week - a week where questions around the relationship between soccer players, alcohol and nightclub culture will be aired yet again.
Crazed Stevie Gerrard “totally lost it” as he swung punches at a stand-in DJ during a bar brawl, a court heard yesterday.
The millionaire Liverpool and England player attacked Marcus McGee, 34, “with the style and speed of a professional boxer”, it was claimed.
A jury was shown an “action replay” with slow-motion CCTV footage of of the 2am bust-up at the Lounge Inn in Southport, Merseyside, on December 29.
The grainy 25-minute recording showed a scuffle in which Gerrard appears to throw a flurry of blows.
He is then seen back in the restaurant apparently being restrained by a friend as he explains what had just happened.
Several minutes later his friends rush back to the bar where a second incident took place.
Gerrard, clearly aware of trouble in the next room, remains in the restaurant and plays no further part.
He and his friends are eventually ushered out of the bar by the manager, Mak Naidoo – with one of them smashing the glass panelled door.