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Arrest made after alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on February 13, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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A man has been arrested for an alleged “hate crime” against Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling.

The alleged racist incident took place on Saturday outside of City’s training ground, hours before Sterling scored twice in Man City’s 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium.

According to a statement from Greater Manchester police, Sterling was subjected to “racially aggravated assault” and one man has been arrested.

Below is the statement in full from the police investigating the incident.

“On Monday, December 18, 2017 a report was made to police after a 23-year-old man was subjected to a racially aggravated assault on Clayton Lane in Manchester on Saturday, December 16. An investigation was launched and a 29-year-old man was arrested earlier this morning, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, on suspicion of racially aggravated assault. He is now in police custody for questioning. This is being treated as a hate crime.”

Sterling is Man City’s leading goalscorer this season with 15 goals across all competitions and 12 in the Premier League.

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