Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan sentenced over girlfriend attack

Jon Flanagan (left) attacked his girlfriend on December 22

Jon Flanagan (left) attacked his girlfriend on December 22

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Liverpool player Jon Flanagan has been given 40 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order for attacking his girlfriend.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault by kicking Rachael Wall earlier this month.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard he attacked his partner in Duke Street, one of Liverpool's busiest bar and restaurant thoroughfares, at around 3.20am on Friday December 22.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Flanagan hitting, kicking and pushing his girlfriend against the wall.

According to the prosecution, a witness said he had "seen the male throw the female against the wall and then kick her while she was on the floor".

In a statement, Liverpool Football Club said it will now begin its own internal disciplinary process.

The statement read: “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction.

"It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction.

"We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance.

"The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin."