A UK court has sentenced Liverpool's Jon Flanagan to a 12-month community order for a drunken assault on his girlfriend during a night out.
Flanagan was caught by CCTV grabbing his partner by the neck, throwing her against a wall and aiming a kick at her during a night out in Liverpool, following the club's 3-3 all draw with Arsenal.
The crime could of resulted in a six-month jail term, however Flanagan escaped with a 12-month community order and 40 hours of unpaid work.
Flanagan told the court that he and his girlfriend have "stayed together" and are trying to "fix their relationship".
In a statement, Liverpool revealed their "anger" at Flanagan's conduct, saying he has "damaged" his reputation.
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player’s actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction,” said a club spokesman.
“It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction.
“We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance.
“The club has allowed the legal formalities to reach a conclusion before deciding on or implementing any internal disciplinary action. That internal process will now begin.”
Flanagan first broke into the Liverpool first team in 2011, later becominfg a regular under Brendan Rodgers, but has several fullbacks ahead of him in the pecking order and has rarely featured under Jurgen Klopp.