Ross Barkley was the target of an unprovoked attack, claims his lawyer after a recent bar brawl.
The English playmaker has been unsettled in recent days after he was reportedly told that he should either sign a contract extension or quit the Goodison at the end of the season.
And not much is going well for the 23-year old as he was attacked by an unidentified man in a Liverpool bar after his side’s 4-2 victory over Leicester City at the weekend.
Barkley, who is often involved in these controversies was caught on tape, taking a couple of punches to his face.
In a CCTV footage that has gone viral on social media, the midfielder was seen speaking to an unidentified man as other customers enjoy a night out.
But just minutes later, the other man in the video throws a couple of punches, one of which took Barkley out.
The Everton man fell backward, as seen on the footage but the man continued to throw a couple of more punches, even as Barkley was trying hard to get up.
All of this was captured in CCTV camera near the scene.
However, his lawyer has today come in defense of his client and called the attack ‘unprovoked’.
To Barkley’s credit, the video shows no kind of provocation what so ever from the player’s side.
In a statement, Merseyside Police on the incident said: “No report of an assault has been received, but officers are making inquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.”
Everton are yet to release any kind of a statement on this situation but Matt Himsworth, managing director of Himsworths Legal, spoke on behalf of his client and released a statement which read:
“Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening,”
The Liverpool-born player joined Everton as an 11-year-old and has made 173 first-team appearances.