Sterling attacker jailed for 16 weeks

Raheem Sterling

A man has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for an unprovoked racist attack on Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling.

Karl Anderson, 29, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault after Sterling was attacked outside City’s training ground on Saturday.

The court heard that Anderson already had 25 convictions for 37 offences, including for football-related violence and hooliganism.

He will spend 16 weeks in jail and must pay £100 in compensation.

Anderson, who kicked Sterling four times during the assault and used racist language, apologised for his actions, saying he “lost his temper”.

Sterling was not in court but in a statement read out during proceedings, the City star said he “did not think this kind of behaviour happened in this country in this day and age”.

The court saw CCTV footage of the attack, which took place outside City’s training complex after Anderson pulled up in his van alongside Sterling.

Magistrate Diana Webb-Hobson said it was an “entirely unprovoked attack”, and called Anderson’s prior record “appalling”.

Anderson, who is from Manchester, smiled as he was taken from the dock.