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Man jailed for racially assaulting Raheem Sterling

PICTURED: Raheem Sterling Photo credit: (Martin Rickett/PA)

A MAN has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted racially assaulting Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling.

Karl Anderson, 29, was sentenced at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault.

The court heard that Anderson had kicked and shouted racial abuse at Sterling outside City's training ground on Saturday. CCTV footage shown in court revealed how Anderson drove his van alongside Sterling's vehicle as the player waited to enter the training ground.

Both men then got out of their vehicles and Anderson walked towards Sterling. Anderson then began shouting racial abuse at Sterling, according to Carl Miles, prosecuting.

Miles said Anderson called the footballer "you black Scouse c***" and told him: "I hope your mother and child wake up dead in the morning you n*****."

He added: "He sets out kicking Mr Sterling to the legs on four occasions."

According to Sky News the incident left the 23-year-old footballer "completely shocked", according to a statement that was read out in court.

"I didn't think this type of behaviour still happened in this country in this day and age," Sterling added.

Anderson, who was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 19), has a history of football-related violence, including 25 previous convictions for 37 offences, including throwing a flare at a police officer during a football match, the court heard.

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