Police probe 'hate crime' against Man City star Raheem Sterling

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling attempts a shot at goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad stadium in Manchester England Saturday Dec. 16 2017

Greater Manchester Police confirm investigation of “hate crime” against Raheem Sterling

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed that officers are investigating an incident of alleged racially aggravated assault on Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling.

"Sterling had pulled into the entrance in his auto as he arrived for City's pre-match preparations, at which point he is believed to have been confronted by the man hurling a barrage of abuse at him".

The footballer was allegedly called a "n*****' by a man who appeared to be waiting for him at the players" entrance.

The incident in question happened ahead of City's clash with Tottenham on Saturday evening, a matchup from which the Citizens eventually emerged with a comfortable 4-1 victory.

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According to reports, Sterling pulled into the site in his vehicle ahead of the game, at which point he was confronted by a man who is said to have hurled abuse at him.

"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", the force said in a statement. This is being treated as a hate crime'.

"Racism will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and has no place in civilised society".

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