THE victim of a nightclub brawl – involving two Accrington Stanley players and England ace Steven Gerrard – is hoping to claim damages for the injuries he received.
Businessman Marcus McGee, 34, has told his lawyers to begin civil action for compensation after he lost a front tooth and suffered facial cuts in an incident in Southport last December.
Stanley footballers Bobby Grant and Ian Dunbavin pleaded guilty to affray at Liverpool Crown Court and were each given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for their part in the incident.
Four others pleaded guilty to affray and were each given the same sentence.
After hearing McGee was planning to sue through reading the Sunday newspapers, Gerrard’s solicitor said any claim would surely be against the six who pleaded guilty – not the acquitted Liverpool star.
"If proceedings are issued we will strenuously defend them," said Gerrard’s solicitor Richard Green. "In terms of any claim, my client was charged with section 47 assault but that was dropped because there was no evidence that he caused any injuries.
"I would have thought that if there was going to be a claim it would be against the six who pleaded guilty as opposed to the one who was acquitted."
After escaping jail Dunbavin and Grant apologised to Accrington Stanley and the club’s fans for the negative publicity the case had generated.