Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray following an alleged nightclub brawl.
The Reds skipper was held by police following a 'disturbance' outside a bar in Southport on Monday morning.
The venue's DJ, a 34-year-old man, required hospital treatment after suffering facial injuries.
England international Gerrard was released from Southport police station on Tuesday morning.
The 28-year-old was at the bar concerned as he celebrated Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle with friends.
In a statement, a Merseyside Police spokesman said: "Merseyside Police has charged Steven Gerrard, 28 years, of Formby, Sefton, John Doran, 29, and Ian Smith, 19 years, both from Huyton, Liverpool, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray following an incident at Bold Street in Southport in the early hours of Monday, December 29.
"The three men will be appearing at North Sefton Magistrates' Court on January 23."
The spokesman also confirmed that Gerrard and the two other men had been bailed and three other men who were arrested in connection with the incident were released on police bail pending further inquiries.