Hooligan jailed for racist abuse of Raheem Sterling

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A man has been jailed for 16 weeks after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling.

29-year-old Karl Anderson pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault as he attacked Sterling outside of City’s training ground on Saturday.

Sterling, 23, played hours later for Man City against Tottenham Hotspur, scoring twice in their 4-1 win.

The court heard that Anderson, who has 25 convictions for 37 prior offences including soccer-related violence, kicked Sterling four times in his left hamstring and hurled abuse at the Man City winger.

CCTV footage outside City’s training ground showed Anderson pulling up in a van before attacking Sterling. As well as racially abusing the winger, he also said he hoped that his mother and child died.

In a statement read to the court Sterling said he “did not think this kind of behavior happened in this country in this day and age.”