Raheem Sterling Reportedly Kicked, Called Racial Slurs by Man at Training Base

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2017

Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on December 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was reportedly attacked and racially abused by a man at the club's training ground ahead of Saturday's 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

According to James Ducker of the Telegraph, the former Liverpool forward got out of his car to confront a man who called him a "n----r," and the assailant then kicked him in the leg.

Ducker noted it's not been confirmed whether the matter has been reported to police. Sterling went on to score twice in the win.

CCTV footage of the incident reportedly exists, and the attacker was not someone known to the 23-year-old. 

Sterling was a frequent target of media criticism leading up to his 2015 move from Liverpool to Manchester City.

In an interview with Natalie Pirks of BBC Sport, he explained why he turned down a significant offer from the Reds in 2015 and how he wasn't the "money-grabbing 20-year-old" he was being portrayed as. 

While he initially struggled with the Sky Blues, Sterling has been excellent in the 2017-18 campaign. He leads a red-hot City squad in scoring and has been one of the most important players behind the team's record-breaking Premier League unbeaten run of 16 games.

Manager Pep Guardiola didn't mention the alleged abuse after the match, and the club has yet to respond to the report.

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