QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been arrested on suspicion of affray after an altercation outside a nightclub in Liverpool, sources said.

Barton, 29, was involved in trouble in the early hours of Monday while on a night out with his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre.

Two men, aged 21 and from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence at around 5:30am at the scene of the incident, outside Garlands nightclub in the city. But after they were held in custody and questioned, Barton and a 20-year-old man were also arrested on Monday afternoon.

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