According to BBC Sport, the Greater Manchester Police have made an arrest following claims of a racially aggravated verbal assault on Raheem Sterling on Saturday afternoon.
The England international arrived at Manchester City’s training ground on Clayton Lane on the day of the incident, only to have been racially abused. Sterling is believed to have been the victim of a racial hate crime, being on the receiving end of a heavy amount of verbal abuse.
The Manchester Evening News reported on the day of the incident and a GMP spokesperson revealed the details of the incident. 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.”
Despite the unpleasant experience, Sterling went on to star in Man City’s thumping 4-1 win over Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. The 23-year-old scored a brace against Mauricio Pochettino’s side – continuing his marvellous development under Pep Guardiola this season.
Manchester City are now 11 points clear at the top of the table winning 17 of 18 matches. Sterling has been in superb form for his side and is playing some of the best football of his career at this moment in time.