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Manchester Police investigating ‘hate crime’ amid reports of Raheem Sterling attack

Greater Manchester Police opened investigations into a “hate crime” amid reports Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was kicked and had racial slurs directed at him in an altercation at the entrance of the club’s training base.

football Updated: Dec 18, 2017 19:51 IST
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the third goal during their English Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England,on December 16, 2017. (AFP)

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has opened investigations into a “hate crime” amid reports Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was attacked before Saturday’s Premier League game against Tottenham.

Sterling scored twice in a 4-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, City’s 16th league win in a row which maintains their healthy 11-point lead atop the table.

However, troubling reports emerged soon after the game, alleging that Sterling was kicked and had racial slurs directed towards him in an altercation at the entrance of City’s training base.

The club have not reported the incident to police, who were made aware of the incident the day after the game.

GMP confirmed in a statement: “Enquiries will be carried out and officers are treating it as a hate crime.”

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:46 IST