Everton star Ross Barkley has once again hogged all the headlines albeit for an ugly incident that took place off the pitch. A CCTV footage that has gone viral on the social media is showing the England international being hit in the face by a man in a Liverpool bar just hours after playing a crucial role in Toffees’ brilliant 4-2 win in the Premier League over defending champions Leicester City on Sunday (April 9).
The video showed the English midfielder talking to an unidentified man for a few seconds before the man threw two quick punches one of which connects and sent Barkley tumbling down on the floor. And before the man could do anything else, he was pulled away from behind by another man.
Here is the clip of that horrific incident:
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Meanwhile, Barkley’s solicitor has stated his client was the victim of an unprovoked attack.
“We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening,” the statement from Barkley’s solicitor stated.
The Merseyside Police have also began their investigation into the case.
“Merseyside Police is aware of footage online reportedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre,” added a statement from the police. “No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.”
The Everton midfielder is also in the news for his contract situation. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has made his intentions clear that he would sell Barkley if he refuses to sign a new contract.
Barkley’s current contract with Everton ends in the summer of 2018 but he is yet to pen a new deal, raising speculations over his future at the Goodison Park. He has been linked with the big teams of the Premier League in the recent months and Koeman is adamant that if the midfielder refuses to out pen to the paper, he will have to leave the Merseyside outfit.
“We offer him a new contract and two possibilities: one is sign that contract, if he doesn’t we need to sell the player. It is simple. It is not so difficult in my opinion,” Koeman had said after the game against Leicester.