Barton arrested after nightclub brawl
Former Newcastle United footballer Joey Barton was arrested and released on bail last night after being involved in a fight in Liverpool.
The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of affray after the incident outside Garlands nightclub in the city centre at 5:30am yesterday morning.
A 20-year-old man was also arrested and bailed yesterday afternoon.
Earlier, two 21-year-old men had been detained on suspicion of a public order offence. Both were released on police bail.
A Merseyside Police statement read:
– Merseyside Police statement
"Merseyside Police can confirm that the 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been released on bail pending further inquiries."
Barton later tweeted that he was going on holiday to Portugal on Tuesday.
Barton plays down assault
Joey Barton has confirmed on twitter that he is okay after being assaulted in Liverpool.
The 29-year-old also said he has no plans to press charges against the two men that were arrested.
QPR statement on Barton assault
Queen Park Rangers spokesman Ian Taylor said:
– Ian Taylor, QPR spokesman
"Joey Barton was involved in an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Monday morning.
"Barton was on his way home from a night out with his girlfriend when two men sang offensive chants and then proceeded to hit the Rs midfielder.
"Police were immediately on the scene and arrested one man.
"Barton decided not to press charges and left the scene with his girlfriend soon after.
"The club will be making no further comment."
Barton assaulted in Liverpool
Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been assaulted outside a nightclub in Liverpool.
The 29-year-old, who spent four years with the Magpies, was allegedly involved in a fight with two men outside Garlands nightclub in the city centre.
Police were called to the scene at around 5:30am, and arrested two men, both 21, for a public order offence.
Queens Park Rangers confirmed the player suffered facial injuries before leaving with his girlfriend.
Barton left St James' Park for QPR on a free transfer in August 2011.