Video footage has emerged which appears to show Everton midfielder Ross Barkley being punched in “an unprovoked attack” at a Liverpool bar in the early hours of Monday morning.
Barkley, who played in Everton’s 4-2 win over Leicester on Sunday, was pictured on CCTV in the bar speaking to an unidentified man. The pair appear to be getting on well when suddenly the man throws two punches, causing Barkley to fall down.
Barkley’s lawyer Matt Himsworth, managing director of Himsworths Legal, released a statement defending the Everton midfielder.
“Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening,” Himsworth said.
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The attack, which has been shared widely across social media, appears to have happened in the Santa Chupitos cocktail bar, according to the Mirror.
Merseyside Police confirmed on Monday that they were reviewing the footage.
“Merseyside Police is aware of footage online reportedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre,” read a statement.
“No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.”
Barkley, a boyhood Toffees fan, was warned on Sunday he would be sold if he did not agree a contract extension soon.
The 23-year-old’s deal runs out at the end of next season and he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.
“We offer him a new contract and then there are two possibilities,” Koeman said after the club’s win over Leicester, which moved Everton level on points with 6th-place Arsenal.
“One is sign that contract (but) if he doesn’t sign the contract, then we need to sell the player. It is simple.”