The real reason Steven Gerrard nearly went to jail for hitting DJ

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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Steven Gerrard is known for his nice guy, easy-going temperament but he hasn’t always been a saint.

Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool legend, has had a remarkable career that spans both on and off the pitch. From that famous night in Istanbul to winning the title with Rangers as manager, it’s certainly been a rollercoaster for Gerrard. However, there’s one incident that stands out in his colourful history – a night in 2008 when he almost found himself facing the harsh realities of the law.

A New Chapter in Saudi Arabia

As of today, Steven Gerrard finds himself in a very different setting – the money-laden landscape of Saudi Arabian football. Now at the helm of Al-Ettifaq, Gerrard is not only adjusting the language but also the cultural norms of a foreign land. The strict legal environment of Saudi Arabia demands a new level of discipline and comportment from the former footballer, raising the question: has he truly left behind his days of controversy?

From Anfield to International Glory

Steven Gerrard’s journey to becoming a football icon began on the streets of Merseyside. His talent was undeniable, and it wasn’t long before he donned the famous red jersey of Liverpool Football Club. Serving as a central midfielder, he led his team to numerous victories, including the historic UEFA Champions League triumph in 2005. Gerrard’s influence also extended to the international stage, as he donned the England jersey and captained the national team, earning a total of 114 caps and scoring 21 goals. He firmly established his reputation as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation.

Steven Gerarrd celebrates winning the Champions League in 2005
Steven Gerrard celebrates on that famous night in Istanbul.

The Infamous Night in 2008

However, amidst the glory, some moments threatened to tarnish Gerrard’s illustrious image. One such incident occurred in 2008 when Gerrard’s frustration got the better of him. It was a night like any other at the Lounge Inn, a Southport bar frequented by celebrities. Gerrard, accompanied by friends, found himself embroiled in an altercation that would make headlines for weeks to come.

The source of the dispute? A song. A seemingly innocuous disagreement over the choice of music escalated into a physical altercation. The DJ, perhaps unaware of the stature of the man making the request, reportedly refused to play Gerrard’s requested song. An unfortunate sequence of events then occurred, leaving the DJ with facial injuries that required hospital treatment.

The Legal Battle and Clearing of Charges

Gerrard’s actions that night led to his arrest and subsequent charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray. The footballer and five others faced the prospect of legal consequences that could have derailed his career and reputation. For nearly 24 hours, Gerrard was in police custody.

Steven Gerrard's altercation with a DJ in Southport
CCTV caught the bar brawl and was used as evidence.

After a period of uncertainty, the clouds of legal turmoil began to clear. The court proceedings unfolded, and Gerrard’s defence argued that he had acted in self-defence. To everyone’s surprise, the jury acquitted Steven Gerrard of the charges after their deliberation. While admitting to his involvement in the altercation, the jury ruled that his actions responded to a perceived threat, sparing him the consequences of a criminal conviction.

A Lesson Learned

Steven Gerrard’s near-encounter with jail time proves that even massive football stars can be involved in conflict and controversial situations. While he emerged from this unscathed, it likely left a slight tarnish on his reputation.

As Steven Gerrard embraces his role in Saudi Arabian football, his past serves as a reminder of what not to do in the Gulf country, or there could be dire consequences!

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