Liverpool Jon Flanagan pleads guilty to assault charge on girlfriend

Liverpool FC defender Jon Flanagan has pleaded guilty in court to assaulting his girlfriend.

Flanagan, 25, appeared at the Liverpool magistrates court on Tuesday to answer accusations of beating Rachael Wall and was granted unconditional bail.

The defender was charged after an incident on Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at about 3.20am on 22 December, with case adjourned to 17 January when Flanagan will be sentenced.

The court heard he had been seen on CCTV assaulting his partner, who he has been in a relationship with for 18 months.

Lionel Greig, mitigating, said Wall had not provided a statement and there had been no previous instances of domestic violence in their relationship — and added that both parties were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

The district judge, Wendy Lloyd, said she had been given a breakdown of the CCTV, which showed Flanagan assaulting Wall on several occasions that night and kicking her at one point.

Lloyd told Flanagan he would face a community penalty. “I need to be reassured that these circumstances will never be repeated again,” she added.

Flanagan, who has one England cap, was a standby for England’s 2014 World Cup squad, but has only played once for Liverpool this season and spent last season on loan at Burnley after a 20-month injury lay off.

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