QPR captain Joey Barton has played down an altercation that saw him punched in the head in the early hours of Monday morning.

The controversial midfielder was involved in a fight with two men outside Garlands nightclub in Liverpool city centre. A picture of the incident, apparently showing a shirtless Barton being held back by police and a woman, appeared on Twitter.

Merseyside Police confirmed two 21-year-olds were arrested at 5.30am, but Barton has decided not to press charges. The 29-year-old wrote on Twitter: "I got sucker punched in the back of the head. Not injured as reported just a small bruise on rear of head/ear. I've had worse. Life goes on! Thanks for the concern. Have a good day people."

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