Archive for December 20th, 2017

Manchester United yob smiles as he’s jailed for kicking Raheem Sterling four times and hurling racial slurs at City winger before match

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

A Manchester United hooligan smiled as he was jailed for kicking Manchester City star Raheem Sterling in an “appalling and unprovoked” racist attack before a match.

Karl Anderson, 29, was sentenced to 16 weeks after he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The court heard he had kicked and shouted racial abuse at the 23-year-old outside City’s training ground on Clayton Lane, Manchester, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Tottenham.

The court was shown CCTV of Anderson, who has a history of football-related violence, driving his van alongside Sterling’s vehicle as the player waited to enter the training ground on Saturday.

Both men then got out of their vehicles and Anderson walked towards Sterling.

Carl Miles, prosecuting, said Anderson, who had been in the vehicle with his partner, began shouting racial abuse at Sterling and called him “you black Scouse c***”.

He said Anderson also told the footballer: “I hope your mother and child wake up dead in the morning you n*****.”

Miles said: “He sets out kicking Mr Sterling to the legs on four occasions.

“The court heard Sterling’s left hamstring was sore after the attack but he did not suffer serious injuries.

In a victim personal statement, which was read to the court, the footballer said he had been “completely shocked” by the incident.

He said: “I didn’t think this type of behaviour still happened in this country in this day and age.”

Sentencing, chairman of the bench Diana Webb-Hobson said: “This was an entirely unprovoked attack. You stopped your car and you got out.

“The personal statement was very moving, we find injury was sustained.” Your previous record was appalling, you don’t seem to learn anything, do you?”

The court heard Anderson had 25 previous convictions for 37 offences, including throwing a flare at a police officer during a football match.

Miles said he was subject to a football-related violence banning order which prevented him from attending certain matches.

He said: “He is now finding alternative ways to express violence and aggression, all relating to football.”

John Black, defending, said Anderson, of Woodward Street in Ancoats, Manchester, had lost his temper with Sterling after his girlfriend asked him to ask him for an autograph.

He said: “He apologises through me to Mr Sterling for his actions.”He said the defendant could not explain his actions and “bitterly” regretted them.

Anderson was given a five-year banning order preventing him from attending Old Trafford after he was involved in trouble at an Ancoats pub before United’s FA Cup third round tie against Sheffield United in January 2016.

Lille vs Nice : Match Preview & Prediction

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Team News

Lille
  • Thiago Maia is a doubt with a hamstring issue; look for Yves Bissouma to take his place in midfield.
  • Ibrahim Amadou is even less likely to play, with youngster Boubakary Soumare an option in defensive midfield.
  • Lille should go back to a 4-3-3 after their 4-4-2 failed to pull up any trees in a disappointing loss to Dijon.
Nice
  • Christophe Jallet remains a doubt, but Maxime Le Marchand has looked steady enough in the veteran’s absence.
  • Pierre Lees-Melou impressed in a deeper role at the weekend, but should be moved to the flank here.
  • Look for the likes of Nampalys Mendy and Vincent Koziello to start here after being rested at the weekend.

Match Facts

Lille have drawn 5 of their last 6 matches against Nice in all competitions.

Nice have won their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Lille‘s last 8 games (Ligue 1).

Nice are undefeated in their last 11 away matches against Lille in all competitions.

Prediction

  • Nice are in great form at the moment, having catapulted themselves back into European contention with the returns of Cyprien and Seri; they should be good value for a victory here.
  • Lille have looked better since the departure of Marcelo Bielsa, but still are too often blunted in attack with only Ezequiel Ponce as an orthodox striker. Even playing at home during this festive period won’t be enough for a result against their in-form opponents.
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