21 Dec 2017

Man jailed for racially charged attack on Man City's Sterling

6:16 am on 21 December 2017

A man arrested for an attack on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been jailed for 16 weeks after he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in EPL action.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in EPL action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The attacker, Karl Anderson, had 25 convictions for 37 offences, including football-related violence.

The 29-year-old will pay a 100 pound ($134) fine.

Anderson apologised for his actions, which involved kicking Sterling four times and abusing the player using racist language during the "unprovoked" assault outside City's training ground on Sunday.

Sterling said he "did not think this kind of behaviour happened in this country in this day and age" in his victim impact statement read out to the court.

The 23-year-old England international was uninjured and went on to score twice in City's 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium later on Sunday.