Footage has emerged on social media which allegedly shows Everton midfielder Ross Barkley getting attacked in a nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning.
The CCTV footage has been brought to light less than 24 hours after Everton's 4-2 victory over Leicester City, a match in which Barkley played the full 90 minutes.
Ross Barkley being ATTACKED in a club pic.twitter.com/v7KIXFAisJ
— Peter Harding (@PeterHardingDM) 10 April 2017
The clip shows a man, alleged to be the Everton star, being knocked to the ground by a single punch in what appears to be an unprovoked assault before the attacker is then restrained and pulled away.
With the brief video now doing the customary rounds on Twitter, Barkley is said to be the alleged victim of the brutal attack, however, there remains plenty of scepticism regarding the man's identity, and indeed there is nothing to suggest that the England midfielder was involved.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) April 10, 2017
As details of what exactly happened remain hazy, it is thought that the incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning at Santa Chupito's, Liverpool.
The Mirror report that Everton have confirmed they will look into the matter so as to establish whether their player was part of the incident, but there is currently no suggestion that he was present from either the club or Merseyside police, who are also yet to comment on the alleged assault.