Ross Barkley's lawyer confirms Everton star was victim of unprovoked attack
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley "was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger" on Sunday night, lawyers acting for the player have said.
Merseyside Police have confirmed they have opened an investigation following the emergence of footage appearing to show the 23-year-old being punched.
The incident is alleged to have taken place in Liverpool city centre, some time after Barkley featured in Everton's 4-2 victory over Leicester on Sunday.
A statement from lawyers read: "We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening."
Footage of the alleged incident has appeared online via social media.
The matter has not been reported to police but the Merseyside force has decided to investigate.
A statement read: "Merseyside Police is aware of footage online reportedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre.
"No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident."