Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has pleaded not guilty after being charged with assault.
Sterling, 18, spent Thursday night in a police cell after being arrested over the alleged assault on his girlfriend, Shana Ann Rose Halliday. He had been arrested in the Liverpool suburb of Page Moss at around 10.30pm.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "Raheem Sterling, 18, of Woolton, was charged with Section 39 common assault. Sterling was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court."
Sterling denied the charge when he appeared before Liverpool magistrates on Friday, and will face a trial at a later date.
The charge, listed as a section 39 offence under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, can lead to a prison sentence of up to six months if a defendant is convicted.
Sterling, born in Jamaica, moved to England with his family when he was five, and grew up near Wembley, North London.
The winger joined QPR's youth set-up at the age of 11, moving to Liverpool in February 2010, when he was 15. He made his first-team debut against Wigan in March 2012, and won his first England cap in a friendly against Sweden that November.
He signed a five-year contract in December 2012, shortly after his 18th birthday.