Liverpool Launch Inquiry After Jon Flanagan is Sentenced For Assaulting His Girlfriend

Liverpool have launched an internal inquiry after defender Jon Flanagan was sentenced to a 12-month community order and given 40 hours unpaid work for assaulting his girlfriend.

Flanagan, the 25-year-old full-back, will also complete 15 days of rehabilitation after the prolonged attack on his girlfriend Rachael Wall on December 22.

Sentence was passed at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Wednesday January 17) after CCTV footage shown Flanagan repeatedly kicking and beat Wall, a mother-of-two.

The club, which Flanagan has represented from youth-team level, had not commented on the case until the sentence was given. On Wednesday, Liverpool released a statement.

"We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player's actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction," a club spokesperson said.

"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."

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Jon Flanagan in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, July 18, 2017. Flanagan was sentenced to a 12-month community order for assaulting his girlfriend. Yu Chun Christopher Wong/Getty

Flanagan, who was developed through the Liverpool academy, has represented the Merseyside club just once this season—featuring in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the EFL Cup in September.

Judge Wendy Lloyd ordered Flanagan, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault by beating, to pay the £85 court costs and £85 victim surcharge.

"You are a relatively young man with no previous convictions and it is therefore sad that you have come before the court today due to your behavior," Lloyd said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"This is an unpleasant episode. As we have discussed at the previous hearing, this was not just a single act in that few minutes, it was a matter of this lady going to the floor twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion.

"I find this was a category two offence, this lady does have injuries but of course she did not attribute those injuries to you.

"You claim to have no memory of this incident which does suggest you were very drunk indeed."

Flanagan, who has represented England once in 2014, is out of contract at the end of the season.