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Man accused of racist attack on ex Liverpool player faces trial

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A man who allegedly carried out a racist attack on former Liverpool goalkeeper Shamal George is set to stand trial.

The 22-year-old football player, and his brother Lloyd Smith, 29, were assaulted at city centre nightclub Red Door bar last year.



Both men suffered cuts to their faces and were treated in hospital following an attack, at around 2am, on Saturday, March 9.



Shamal - released by the Reds last month - later shared CCTV images on Twitter of the man he said attacked him and his brother.



Ross Gardner admits assaulting the pair inside the bar, but denies an alleged racist attack on Shamal outside the Berry Street venue.

The 31-year-old first appeared at Liverpool Crown Court in January, supported by a blonde woman sitting in the public gallery.

Shamal George of Liverpool FC

Gardner, of Stapleton Road, Warmsworth, Doncaster, admitted assaulting Shamal, causing him actual bodily harm (ABH).

He also admitted assault causing ABH against Lloyd, and a charge of affray, which were all related to events inside the bar. 

However, Gardner denied a charge of racially aggravated assault causing ABH against Shamal, said to have taken place outside.

Matthew O'Neill, defending, said his client would be entering a basis of plea to the two assaults inside the nightclub. 

Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said the Crown Prosecution Service intended to proceed to trial on the remaining allegation.

Police have released images of a man they wished to speak to after the city centre assault (Image: Merseyside Police handout)

A trial, estimated to last two days, was set to take place this week, but due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, was vacated.

Gardner, with short black hair, beard and a neck tattoo, appeared back in court today, when a new trial date was set.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said his trial will now take place on March 8 next year.

In the wake of the attack, Shamal shared images released by police of his attacker.

He also posted on Twitter: "Your support means everything. Thank you."

Ross Gardner, 31, (left) denies a racially aggravated assault on the Liverpool goalkeeper (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Speaking at the time, Liverpool FC said it was "shocked and appalled that Shamal and a family member have been subjected to such a terrible ordeal".

A spokesman for the now English, European and World Champions said: "As a club, we will offer Shamal and his family any support that they require.

"The matter is now in the hands of Merseyside Police and we will defer all enquiries to them.

"We would also urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

"Liverpool FC will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so and in the meantime we would ask that Shamal and his family have their privacy respected."

Shamal George of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 30, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Born in Wirral, life-long Liverpool fan George signed for the Premier League champions in 2009, after playing for Manor Junior Football Club in Wallasey as a youngster.

He was part of the first team squad for the 2016 Europa League final, as third-choice goalkeeper behind Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward. 

Shamal was included in the first team squad for the 2016 pre-season, and is most well known for appearing out of position as a striker in a friendly match against Huddersfield Town, after the Reds' manager Jurgen Klopp had used all of his remaining substitutes, before heading out on the club's USA tour.

He endured a frustrating 2016-17 campaign due to injury and was loaned to League Two side Carlisle United in August 2017, after signing a new Liverpool contract.

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In July 2018, Shamal signed an extension to his contract and spent the first half of 2018-19 at League One outfit Tranmere Rovers on loan until January 2019.

He returned to the Reds, before heading to Crosby-based Northern Premier League Division One North West side Marine FC on loan in September, until January.

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Shamal was one of seven academy players Liverpool announced would be leaving the ranks of Klopp's all-conquering side on June 25.

In a statement, the club said: "They will do so with the gratitude of everyone at the club for their service and best wishes for the future."


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