Ross Barkley appears battered and bruised in first pictures since nightclub bust-up

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been contacted by police after he was the victim of an “unprovoked attack”.

Merseyside Police are investigating after footage circulating on social media showed the 23-year-old being hit in the face by a man in a bar.

The attack was not reported to police and Barkley was not seriously injured.


The Premier League footballer was the victim of an ‘unprovoked’ attack when he was punched in the face (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Liverpool bar Santa Chupitos, where the incident took place, said the member of staff responsible for leaking video footage had been sacked.

Barkley, who trained as normal with his team-mates on Monday, has played 22 times for England and was part of England’s most recent set-up.

Barkley trains with Everton teammates (Source: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Europe)

The Liverpool-born player joined Everton as an 11-year-old and has made 173 first-team appearances.

A force spokesman said inquires into the incident were “ongoing”.