Police are looking into whether a Chelsea fan racially abused Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling after picking up on footage from the game that has emerged on social media.
The incident, which happened during the first half, saw the 24-year-old England international being shouted at as he collected the ball from behind the goal.
Have a watch of the moment in the video below…
This guy, far right, blue jacket, glasses, screaming what looks like vile racial abuse. Kick him out @ChelseaFC @premierleague @kickitout. Does anybody know him? Not just awful for Sterling but other fans, not least the black guy behind him. pic.twitter.com/UwXUGobkoH
— Matthew Syed (@matthewsyed) December 8, 2018
Viewers and social media users reckon the Chelsea fan was screaming “f****** black c***” at the Raheem Sterling.
The video went on to be watched nearly 1 million times on Twitter as well as received over 8,000 ‘likes’ and 6,000 retweets.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”
The Met 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 v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8.
“We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”
City went on to lose their first game of the season as the Blues won 2-0 thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, however it was the incident that quickly became the biggest talking point following the match.
Along with the many who gave their thoughts on the video, the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright have lead calls on Twitter that Sterling received racist abuse, however there were some that have defended the Chelsea fan shouting his mouth off – take a look at what they’re saying on the next page.