Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan pleaded guilty in court today admitting he attack his girlfriend during a drunken night out.
The 25-year-old, who has additionally played for England, assaulted Rachael Wall in a ‘drawn out assault’ that was gotten on CCTV.
Flanagan, of Cressington, Liverpool, confessed to one charge of violence when he showed up today at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.
The assault occurred on Duke Street, in Liverpool downtown area, at around 3.20am on December 22 as the couple were getting a charge out of a night out.
It was same day Liverpool played out an exciting 3-3 draw against Arsenal at The Emirates yet the defender wasn’t part of the squad for the game.
The court heard that the attack was gotten on CCTV and that the two them were ‘inebriated’ at the time.
Flanagan assaulted mother-of-two Ms Wall a few times, kicking her once.
Lionel Greg, defending, that the couple had been in relationship for 18months and there had been no different occasions of violent behavior at home.
Mr Greg portrayed the assault as a ‘isolated occurrence’ and said the casualty had not given his statement.
‘The respondent is an expert footballer and trains hard consistently, and in this manner doesn’t go out,’ said Mr Greg.
‘You don’t know about him in court for all the wrong reasons, this was a disengaged episode over the Christmas time frame.’
But District Judge Wendy Lloyd said she had been given a breakdown of the CCTV, which showed Flanagan assaulting his partner on ‘several occasions’, kicking her once.
She described the assault as a ‘prolonged attack’ and told Flanagan, who stood in the dock dressed in a black suit, that he would face a community penalty.
The judge said that although the couple were in a relationship and ‘presumably in love’ Ms Ward had been shown a ‘significant degree of violence.’
‘I need to be reassured that these circumstances will never be repeated again,’ she said.
The case has be adjourned for a pre-sentence report and Flanagan had been granted unconditional bail.
Academy graduate Flanagan broke through Liverpool’s first team in the 2010/11 season.
The defender, also earned an England call-up in 2014, played a part in the Reds’ 2013/14 title challenge but has been plagued by injuries in recent years.