Sterling racist abuse claims spark probe
Police are investigating an allegation that Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a Chelsea fan during the victory over champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
There were complaints on social media that Sterling was targeted by a supporter in the Matthew Harding Stand, although there was no suggestion from the club that the footage proved the case either way.
Sterling was the subject of a chant in the first half that he “runs like a girl”. The alleged incident in question occurred towards the end of the first half.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea vs Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Dec 8. We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.” No arrests were made at the stadium.
Chelsea are also investigating the incident. A spokesman said: “We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.” The club could potentially issue a lifetime ban if the person in question is a season ticket-holder.
It was said in evidence during John Terry’s 2012 trial at Westminster magistrates’ court that for a racially aggravated offence there is a “high degree of inaccuracy” in lip-reading, for which there is no professional qualification. Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a game against Queens Park Rangers.