Being a Premier League footballer comes with its advantages, but it also has its risks.
Talking to a stranger, for instance, might leave you with a shiner. Grainy footage allegedly from Santa Chupitos bar in Liverpool's Ropewalks has gone viral this morning, featuring a man who looks suspiciously like Everton's Ross Barkley getting punched by a guy. The footage starts with Barkley explaining a point and ends with Barkley on the floor.
Barkley getting dropped last night😳 pic.twitter.com/XnQpzWcxcP
— cj (@ForzaLiverpooI) April 10, 2017
Says April 10th on the side of the video like. Proper stole on him there
— James Conder (@jamesconder) April 10, 2017
The punch came only hours after Barkley was named Man of the Match in Everton's 4-2 win over Goodison. Dejan Lovren was not available for comment on the incident.
— Everton FPF (@EFCFPF) April 9, 2017
UPDATE: Barkley's lawyers have confirmed he was attacked by a 'stranger' and say the punch was 'unprovoked'
Ross Barkley lawyers: "We can confirm Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening." #EFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 10, 2017