Date: 18th February 2009 at 2:26pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley duo Ian Dunbavin and Robert Grant have both been charged with affray by Merseyside Police following an incident in a Southport nightclub.

Both Stanley players were charged in connection with the same nightclub brawl which saw the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard accused of assault.

Stanley’s number two goalkeeper Dunbavin, 28, and the club`s young midfielder, Grant, 18, were both charged with affray, Merseyside Police said.

A third man, Paul McGrattan, 31, was also charged with affray and assaulting a police officer.

John Coleman has already told both players in question that they have his and the clubs support, and also confirmed that the players planned to plead not guilty to the charges.

Both players will also continue to play for the club and will not be suspended, Chief Executive Rob Heys added: “We don`t feel it is a club issue and the courts are more than capable of dealing with the matter.”

Liverpool skipper Gerrard, 28, remains on bail after appearing in court charged with assault and affray last month, but found guilty the England midfielder could face up to five years in jail.

He was arrested in the early hours of December 29 after a disturbance at the Lounge Bar nightclub in Southport, Merseyside, when celebrating Liverpool’s 5-1 victory over Newcastle United.

Gerrard`s solicitor indicated at his first court appearance that he would plead not guilty to the charges against him after

ompany director Marcus McGee, 34, needed hospital treatment after receiving facial injuries.

Merseyside Police said that Dunbavin, of Guildford Road, Southport, Grant, of Enstone Avenue, Litherland, Merseyside, and McGrattan, of Linden Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, will appear before North Sefton magistrates next Monday.

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