High Court judges have ruled proceedings against the 41-year-old, which had previously been paused, should go ahead.

The former Manchester City footballer was accused of assaulting his wife, Georgia Barton, in a drunken row, which he denied.

He was due to face trial at a magistrates’ court in 2022.

But the case was adjourned at the time after Mrs Barton sent a letter to prosecutors retracting her allegations.