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Joey Barton is punched outside a Liverpool nightclub

It could be the least surprising news story you’ll read all year.

Who could harm such a serene visage?
Who could harm such a serene visage?
Image: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

QPR’S VOLATILE CAPTAIN Joey Barton was punched in the face outside a Liverpool nightclub in the early hours of Monday.

The midfielder was involved in a fight with two men, and a picture of the incident, apparently showing a shirtless Barton being held back by police and a woman, appeared on Twitter.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said on Monday: “Merseyside Police were called to Eberle Street in Liverpool city centre at 5.30am this morning following reports of an altercation.

“On arrival officers found a 29-year-old man who had sustained injuries to his face. The man left the scene voluntarily.

“Two 21-year-old men from the L13 area were arrested at the scene for a public order offence. They are currently in police custody.”

- © AFP, 2012

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