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Raheem Sterling ‘racist attack’ at Man City training ground being treated as hate crime by police

England winger was accosted by a man before City's game against Spurs

An alleged racist attack against Raheem Sterling is being probed by Greater Manchester police as a hate crime.

The 23-year-old England international was confronted outside Man City’s training ground just hours before the Premier League leaders’ emphatic 4-1 win over Spurs, in which he scored twice.

Raheem Sterling scored twice in Manchester City's emphatic 4-1 win over Tottenham

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Sterling became City’s outright top scorer this season with his brace against Spurs

The City winger was approaching the players’ entrance to the academy campus when he was confronted by a member of the public who was allegedly verbally abusive before he started kicking his leg.

A man hurling abuse was said to have verbally attacked Sterling and now the case is being treated as a hate crime by Greater Manchester Police.

Officers are expected to hold talks with Sterling today and follow through with an investigation.

A GMP spokesperson said: “On Sunday December 17, 2017, police were made aware that a 23-year-old man had been subject to a racially aggravated assault on Clayton Lane on Saturday, December 16.

Raheem Sterling has been an irresistible form for Manchester City

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Sterling is enjoying a superb season on the pitch

“While an official report has not yet been made, enquiries will be carried out and officers are treating it as a hate crime.”

The incident was caught on CCTV but the club are reviewing their security protocol concerning players entering the City Football Academy just across the road from the stadium.

According to the Telegraph, who initially broke the story, Sterling did not suffer any injuries as a result of the attack.

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