German men held over violent brawl in Liverpool

More than 20 German men have been arrested over a violent brawl which broke out in Liverpool in which one man was critically injured.

Chairs and other objects were hurled as fighting erupted on Concert Square in the city centre shortly after 11pm on Wednesday.

Merseyside Police said the brawl involved members of the public and door staff.

One man was taken to hospital with a head injury and is now in a critical condition, the force added.

More arrests are likely to follow for breach of the peace, police said.

A 23-year-old from Walton and a 28-year-old from Toxteth were also detained for public order offences.

One man is in a critical condition with a head injury

Image: One man is in a critical condition with a head injury

Footage on social media showed the brawl spilling into the street, with one man appearing to be body-slammed by a bouncer.

Another is seen being hit by a stool, while another clip showed a chair being thrown through the air.

Superintendent Mark Morgan said: “A large group of people were involved in this incident of disorder last night, and we are working to establish exactly why it happened.

“We will take strong action against anyone who risks the good reputation our city centre has, and bring people responsible for incidents such as this to justice.”

The incident came a night before Italian football fans were due to be in Merseyside for the Europa League fixture between Everton and Atalanta.

It is believed to have started outside Soho cocktail bar.

:: Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident reference 0517299709 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.