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.
More top news
Newcastle City Council leader tells ITV News Tyne Tees that the city can settle "several dozen" child refugees from Calais' migrant camp.
ITV News Tyne Tees has learned that 3 councils in the North East will do their own devolution deal with Westminster.
The Environment Secretary says she expects improved flood defences at the Foss Barrier in York to hold up in future.