Stoke defender Shotton cleared of assault
Shotton was found to have acted in defence of his friend when he knocked out Mark McDonald in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
The fight happened in the early hours of Sunday, June 24.
The single punch 28-year-old Shotton delivered knocked McDonald out, leaving him with a cut, magistrates sitting at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard.
Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence following the fight with McDonald and his friend David Broomhall.