A video has surfaced this evening that claims to show Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford being dragged away from an on-street scuffle.
The Sunderland born stopper was reportedly back in the city last night after being given the day off Sunday, following the Toffees 2-0 victory away to West Ham on Saturday evening - a victory that saw Marco Silva's side climb back into the top half of the Premier League.
The "would-be" Pickford, who moved to Goodison Park from Sunderland in 2017 for a fee not a kick in the arse off €30 million, is seen throwing a haymaker through a crowd of revellers outside what is purportedly a city-centre bar in the north-east town, in admittedly grainy footage.
Reports also suggest that the group the England No.1 is seen having a disagreement with, are fans of Sunderland's arch-rivals Newcastle United, who Pickford had a day to forget against only last month as Everton let slip a two-goal lead at the break, to go down 3-2 at St James's Park.
The 25-year-old came in for criticism after he was at fault for two of the Magpies goals with the goalkeeper admitting himself that the Geordie fans "got to him".
Everton confirmed in a statement tonight that they would investigate the incident.
The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players and we are looking into the matter.
Pickford has represented his country at senior level on 17 occasions and was one of Gareth Southgate's leading lights during his side's run to the World Cup semi-final last summer.
In the aftermath of the aforementioned Newcastle game, his club manager said Pickford must learn to play with "more emotional balance in some moments if he can".