Jury fails to reach verdict on footballers’ trial

A jury has failed to reach a verdict following a trial involving

four Brighton players charged with sexual assault and

voyeurism.

The jury at the Old Bailey in London was discharged Thursday

having been unable to reach a decision after more than 25 hours of

deliberation. Prosecutors are likely to seek a retrial.

Anton Rodgers, the son of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, is

standing trial with teammates Lewis Dunk and George Barker, as well

as Steve Cook, who left the second-tier club to join

Bournemouth.

All four men deny charges of sexual assault and voyeurism in

July 2011 after a night out in the south-coast city of Brighton.

They are alleged to have taken advantage of the unconscious state

of a woman to commit sex acts and take pictures of her.

Only one verdict was reached, with Dunk found not guilty of

voyeurism.