England midfielder Steven Gerrard acknowledged on Thursday he punched a man who refused to let him pick a song to play in a bar and said he was wrong to think he was about to be struck by him.
The Liverpool captain denied charges of affray after being accused of hitting businessman Marcus McGee at the Lounge Inn bar in the early hours of December 29 as he celebrated his team's 5-1 win over Newcastle.
Gerrard told Liverpool Crown Court he 'remembers swinging my right hand two or three times' at McGee in self-defence, but said he didn't know McGee had initially been hit by a friend of his. “I thought he was going to hit me. He was on his way forward to me and his behavior had changed from when I was having a discussion with him. I didn't know why,” Gerrard said. “I am certainly mistaken in thinking he was coming towards me to throw punches at me. was by me, and he came into me and that's when I reacted.” he added.