Merseyside Police are investigating vile online abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling after Liverpool accepted a £49m offer from Manchester City for the transfer of the England international. 20-year-old Sterling has done his best to force a move away from Anfield, having initially turned down a new contract before
refusing to travel on the clubs pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East. While the rest of the squad departed yesterday for Thailand where they play their first friendly of the season, Sterling remained in the United Kingdom, and it was soon clear why as City had a bid just shy of £50m accepted after two failed bids last month.
With Sterling now set to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical – with the move set to be formally announced
tomorrow – it appears the winger will finally get his wish and leave Liverpool.
However, that has not gone down well with the cllub’s fans, who feel that Sterling has
shown a lack of loyalty to the Reds. But while some fans have managed to contain their anger, others have used social media to send Sterling racially abusive messages and death threats to both him and his
Many of those who sent abusive messages have since deleted their accounts, but police confirmed today that they are investigating the tweets. A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “The language used in these tweets is abhorrent.
“We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives
in Liverpool CID is on-going.
“People who use the Internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice.”