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But only a few hours later the England midfielder was locked in a cell with the threat of a five-year jail sentence hanging over him, following a fight in a bar.
A jury at Liverpool Crown Court agreed with the football star's assertion that he had acted in self-defence and cleared him of affray.
The jurors accepted Gerrard's claim that businessman Marcus McGee had been going to punch him first.
Judge Henry Globe said the midfielder would now walk away from the court with his "reputation intact".