A full criminal investigation is underway following allegations Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was subjected to a racially aggravated assault outside Manchester City’s training ground on Saturday morning. A goal to be scored in the Premier League at 50/1 with Coral.
The 23 year-old had pulled into the Etihad campus site in his car and was confronted by a man who was said to have hurled abuse at him. Sterling then got out of his car to find out what the man’s problem was, only to be kicked in the leg and branded a ‘n*****’. An official complaint has now been filed.
Earlier a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson had confirmed that they had received a report and that they had launched an investigation. They said: ‘On Sunday 17 December 2017, police were made aware that a 23-year-old man had been subject to a racially aggravated assault on Clayton Lane on Saturday 16 December.
‘While an official report has not yet been made, enquiries will be carried out and officers are treating it as a hate crime.’
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has lent it’s support to Sterling, releasing the following statement in response to the alleged racist attack.
‘Kick It Out was alerted to the racist attack on Manchester City player Raheem Sterling, which occurred prior to their Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, on Saturday evening (16 December).
‘Since this time, the organisation has been in contact with Manchester City to offer its support to Raheem and the club.
‘Verbal and physical assaults of a racist or discriminatory manner are completely unacceptable across football and society.
‘This incident is a racially aggravated hate crime and should not go unchallenged, through reporting to the relevant authorities, otherwise these incidents will encourage others that this behaviour is acceptable.’
Sterling didn’t appear to let the attack interfere with his performance in City’s 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in which he scored 2 goals.