A Premier League football team has suspended a youth-team coach and a female goalkeeper after an alleged assault at a club Christmas party.
Everton academy coach Mick O'Brien is alleged to have struck Danielle Hill outside a bar in the Albert Dock area of Liverpool city centre.
Hill is the second-choice goalkeeper for Everton Ladies.
Merseyside Police confirmed they had received a complaint and were investigating.
A spokesman said: "Merseyside Police can confirm an investigation is under way following the assault of a 24-year-old woman in Liverpool city centre on Sunday December 16.
"The incident occurred near to the entrance of the Blue Bar. An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing."
Everton would not comment on the allegations.