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Brendan Rodgers arrives at court to support son Anton charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

Liverpool boss Rodgers arrives in court to support son charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

13:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 21 January 2013

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was at the Old Bailey today as his son Anton arrived to face trial accused of sexual assault and voyeurism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Jury’s Inn hotel in Brighton, East Sussex, in July 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny the charges.

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

The players are alleged to have assaulted a woman at the hotel. Rodgers, Barker and Cook are on bail.

The trial is not due to open in front of a jury until tomorrow.

Strolling: Rodgers walks to the court

Anton Rodgers, 19

Brighton defender Ben Sampayo, 19, has been told no further action will be taken against him over the alleged incident after he was arrested.

A sixth player, Seagulls midfielder Tommy Elphick, 24, was released without charge following the original arrests in January.

The charges come after a four-month investigation by Sussex Police.

Wrexham 1 Brighton 1 (4-5 on pens): Seagulls deny non-league battlers

Wrexham 1 Brighton 1 (AET, 4-5 on pens): Spot-on Seagulls deny non-league battlers

The will be no non-League team in the fourth round of the FA Cup after Wrexham’s challenge, and their hopes of a lucrative televised tie against Newcastle United, were ended by a penalty shootout at the Racecourse Ground.

Group hug: Craig Mackail-Smith is mobbed after scoring the decisive penalty

Group hug: Craig Mackail-Smith is mobbed after scoring the decisive penalty

Heartbreaking: Wrexham's players stand dejected as they go out on penalties

Heartbreaking: Wrexham's players stand dejected as they go out on penalties

Match facts

Wrexham: Mayebi, Obeng, Creighton,
Knight-Percival, Ashton, Harris, Tolley (Keates 100), Clarke, Cieslewicz, Wright (Little 59),
Morrell (Hunt 104).

Subs not used: Maxwell, Clowes, Anoruo.

Goals: Morrell 23

Booked: Obeng, Ashton, Tolley, Clarke

Brighton: Brezovan,
Calderon, Hall, Dunk, Vincelot, Navarro (Barnes 66), Bridcutt, Sparrow, Buckley,
Mackail-Smith, Hoskins (Agdestein 66).

Subs not used: Ankergren, Harley,
Kasim, Sampayo, Rodgers.

Goals: Barnes 77

Booked: Vincelot, Barnes, Sparrow

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 8,316

Brighton’s victory, thanks largely to
their goalkeeper Peter Brezovan, was harsh on the Welsh club and in
particular player-manager Andy Morrell, who had put the Blue Square Bet
Premier leaders in sight of another cup upset with a memorable effort.

It was not quite on a par with Mickey
Thomas’s famous strike when First Division champions Arsenal became the
most famous fallers here at the Racecourse back in 1992, but it was
worthy of winning this game and, for a long while, looked as though it
would.

Danny Wright made a fine run in the
23rd minute and played the ball to the edge of the area where his
manager took a touch and then curled an exquisite shot beyond Brezovan
into the top corner.

Brighton levelled 13 minutes from
time when Matt Sparrow clipped the ball back for substitute Ashley
Barnes to rise unmarked and head in off a post.

Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi saved
from Torbjorn Adgestein in extra time, while Brezovan brilliantly tipped
away Mark Creighton’s header.

Agony: Andy Morrell (second left) holds his head as his side miss a chance to take the lead in extra time

Agony: Andy Morrell (second left) holds his head as his side miss a chance to take the lead in extra time

The Slovak goalie then saved Dean
Keates’ opening penalty before Craig Mackail-Smith converted the
decisive kick to send Brighton through.

Morrell said: ‘I’m so proud of the
lads. They were exceptional in giving an excellent Championship team a
run for their money. We have bigger fish to fry now in trying to get
back into the Football League.’

No stopping that: Andy Morrell scores the opening goal at the Racecourse Ground

No stopping that: Andy Morrell scores the opening goal at the Racecourse Ground

Joy: Morrell is mobbed by his team-mates after his brilliant strike gave their side the lead

Joy: Morrell is mobbed by his team-mates after his brilliant strike gave their side the lead

Ouch: Danny Wright of Wrexham lies on the pitch with a badly injured arm after a clash

Ouch: Danny Wright of Wrexham lies on the pitch with a badly injured arm after a clash

The last time Wrexham reached the
fourth round was in 2000 — the year Brighton boss Gus Poyet scored twice
for Chelsea to deny Newcastle a place in the last FA Cup final at the
old Wembley. Now Poyet will take on the Toon Army again. ‘It was a great
goal by Wrexham and we were chasing the game,’ he admitted. ‘The keeper
made good saves to keep us in it. ‘Sometimes it’s about winning
somehow.’

Tussle: Jamie Tolley of Wrexham competes for the ball with Liam Bridcutt of Brighton

Tussle: Jamie Tolley of Wrexham competes for the ball with Liam Bridcutt of Brighton

Catch me if you can: Adrian Cieslewicz gets away from Brighton's Matthew Sparrow (left)

Catch me if you can: Adrian Cieslewicz gets away from Brighton's Matthew Sparrow (left)

Hurdler: Morrell jumps over the challenge of Lewis Dunk

Hurdler: Morrell jumps over the challenge of Lewis Dunk