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Police drop probe into bar 'attack' on footballer Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley was allegedly assaulted in a bar in Liverpool city centre in April. Photo: Press Association

An investigation into an "unprovoked attack" on Everton footballer Ross Barkley has been dropped, police said.

The England player was allegedly assaulted in the Santa Chupitos bar in Liverpool city centre in April.

The attack was not reported to police but officers contacted the 23-year-old after CCTV footage appeared on social media.

Merseyside Police confirmed no further inquiries were being made.

A force spokesman said:

"The victim did not support a prosecution and therefore no further action will be taken."

No-one was ever arrested over the incident.

At the time, lawyers for the midfielder released a statement which said: "We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening."

– Merseyside Police spokesperson