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Gerard assault charge dropped. Then gets back up again.

Submitted by on March 20, 2009 – 3:54 pmNo Comment

gerardAn assault charge against England and Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard has been dropped.  The 28-year-old still faces a charge of affray in connection with an incident at a nightclub in Southport. Six other men face the same charge.

Gerard’s defence team, led by the firm of Carragher, Arbeloa and Skrtel, argued that the midfielder was the peacemaker rather than the aggressor in the nightclub incident. Mr James Carragher QC told North Sefton magistrates that his client was simply telling people to “calm down, calm down.” When they didn’t heed his plea for peace, he again implored them to “calm down, calm down”. Mr Carragher admits that his client did so while pushing his chest out and with his hands on his hips in an aggressive manner but that he did not strike anyone.

Mr Carragher added that his client fell to the floor after one of the other accused men walked past him in a threatening manner. He said that Gerard was telling people to calm down when a man with a dark moustache walked by him and the England star felt a strange force compel him to lie on the floor. Mr Gerard was later found to be uninjured.

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