Raheem Sterling subjected to alleged racist abuse during Englands game against Bulgaria on Saturday
Raheem Sterling was subjected to alleged racist abuse from a supporter in the Bulgaria end during Englands 4-0 win in their Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley on Saturday.
The supporter who targeted Sterling with abuse was ejected from his seat by a steward and handed over to the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of committing an aggravated public order offence.
He was released with no further action following police enquiries although the Football Association have reiterated their zero tolerance stance to anti-social and discriminatory behaviour.
We can confirm that an individual, who was seated in the away section of the stadium, was ejected and subsequently arrested for discriminatory abuse during the England v Bulgaria match, said an FA spokesman.
Wembley Stadium operates a zero tolerance policy on anti-social and discriminatory behaviour and anyone found guilty will be ejected and reported to the police.
According to reports, Sterling did not hear the abuse during the game but was informed afterwards by the FAs security team to be made aware of the process carried out by the police.
It is not the first time that Sterling has suffered alleged racist abuse during the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, with Montenegro fans targeting him and his teammates during Englands 5-1 victory in Podgorica in March.
After scoring Englands fifth goal on the night, Sterling cupped one of his hands to his ear in response to taunts from the fans before calling on UEFA to take action against Montenegro after the game.
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) March 25, 2019
Unfortunately, the topic of racism has dominated the opening weeks of the 2018-19 season with a number of high-profile players subjected to sickening abuse on social media.