Steven Gerrard and eight other close shaves

Posted by , 31 July 2009

Steven Gerrard

Who’s the lucky fella? Steven Gerrard, the man who lives, breathes and more than likely shits Liverpool Football Club. He’s the club captain, has an Ian Rush duvet, 18 Jamie Redknapp mugs and a ridiculous 47 Jan Molby posters on his wall. Maybe.

What did he do? On the evening of December 29 2008, having helped Liverpool beat Newcastle 5-1 in the afternoon, Stevey G twatted 34-year-old Marcus McGee three times in a bar called the Lounge Inn in Southport. It went to court, where everyone was told that Gerrard “totally lost it” and attacked McGee “with the style and speed of a professional boxer” because he had refused to let him choose the music. Just before that, Gerrard’s buddie John Doran had elbowed McGee in the face, and just after that, six of Gerrard’s mates waded in. In court, Gerrard admitted to whacking McGee, but said he acted in self-defence. The jury agreed, and Gerrard walked free.

How the hell did he get away with that? Gerrard was the only one of the seven men to say he acted in self-defence and he was cleared of affray. Everyone else, including two Accrington Stanley players, pleaded guilty to either affray or threatening behaviour and will be sentenced in August. Gutted.

Is he sorry? When asked by David Turner QC, the prosecuting lawyer, if he was sickened by what he did, Gerrard said: “I’m certainly sorry for it”. So yes, he probably is. Unless you think he’s lying.

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