Joey Barton will not face charges over street fight
Premier League footballer Joey Barton will face no further action after being arrested for affray last month.
The Queens Park Rangers midfielder, 29, was involved in a fight with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre early on 4 June.
Barton was reportedly on a night out with his girlfriend when the incident took place.
After being arrested, the midfielder, tweeted: “I got sucker punched in the back of the head.
“Not injured as reported just a small bruise on rear of head/ear. I’ve had worse. Life goes on! Thanks for the concern. Have a good day people.”
A picture of the incident, apparently showing a shirtless Barton being held back by police and a woman, was also circulated on Twitter.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Four men arrested in connection with an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool on 4 June will face no further police action.”
Barton has a long history of controversy, both on and off the pitch.
In 2008, he was given a six-month jail term after admitting assault and affray during an incident which also took place in Liverpool city centre.
In May, he was given a 12-match ban by the Football Association and fined £75,000 for violent conduct during QPR’s defeat at Manchester City on the final day of the season.
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