Some troubling reports are emerging in the aftermath of Manchester City's 4-1 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur, Raheem Sterling was allegedly attacked and racially abused as he arrived to their training ground this morning in preparation for tonight's game.
City's top goalscorer didn't suffer any injuries in the alleged attack. Sterling scored twice to help his side stretch their winning streak to 16 matches and keep them a loft of the Premier League.
James Ducker of the Telegraph reported the harrowing details of what is alleged to have occurred:
The England forward was believed to have been kicked and branded a “n-----” by a man who appeared to be waiting for the 23-year-old at the players’ entrance at City’s football academy training base, according to sources.
Sterling had pulled into the entrance in his car 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.
Telegraph Sport understands that Sterling got out of his car to ask what the problem was only for the man to react by reputedly kicking the City player in the leg.
How the England star was in the correct frame of mind to start, let along feature tonight is a testament to his character.
The Telegraph also reported that it remains unclear whether City have reported the incident to the Greater Manchester Police but it is believed that the shocking incident was caught on CCTV.
It is anticipated that the perpetrator will be caught and reprimanded as soon as the police gather all the evidence and information, but if there is one thing we can draw from this, there is absolutely no place in society for this kind sickening behaviour to another human being.
Read the full Telegraph Sport report here.