LONDON – England’s Jamaica-born new teenage wonder Raheem Sterling has been interviewed by detectives in connection with an alleged attack on a woman.
Liverpool winger Sterling, 17, was quizzed under caution after he went to a police station by prior appointment.
The player, who made his England debut against Sweden last week, has not been arrested and police say investigations are continuing into the alleged assault.
A force spokeswoman said: “Merseyside police can confirm that a 17-year-old male from the Woolton area was interviewed under caution following a report of an assault on Friday, November 2.
“A 27-year-old woman received slight injuries during the incident in the Liverpool 8 area.
“The investigation is ongoing and no formal action has been taken.”
Bad boy Dan
ADELAIDE – Australian limited-overs international Dan Christian has been suspended for one match by South Australia for smashing up three dressing rooms this season.
Christian was punished after his frustration at being dismissed led to him damage dressing rooms at the Adelaide Oval, Bellerive Oval in Hobart and Perth’s WACA ground.
The 29-year-old all-rounder, who has played 17 one-day internationals and 11 Twenty20 matches for his country, will miss this weekend’s Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.
“When blokes get out it really is tough, but it doesn’t give anybody the right to actually smash up equipment and smash up dressing rooms,” South Australia Cricket Association Director of Cricket Jamie Cox said in Adelaide.
“It doesn’t give anyone permission to destroy property, no matter how bad a day you have had. “He is an emotional guy and that emotion works really well for him on the field at times, but that is no excuse for damaging property.
“We all have bad days but you can’t go … belting holes in walls and start upsetting the people around you.”
Come on, Mario
LONDON – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has stated his belief that his striker Mario Balotelli has the potential to become as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Balotelli has had an eventful two-year stint at the Etihad Stadium, which has included a number of incidents both on and off the pitch.With that in mind, Mancini has urged the 22-year-old to alter his attitude and make the most of his ability.
“Mario, outside the pitch, is a fantastic guy. Sometimes he doesn’t understand which is your job, and how his job is important for his life, but I hope for him that he can understand this quickly,” the Italian manager said.
“Now he is 22 but life can go quickly and I hope he can improve everything because as a player he could be like Cristiano and Messi, if he understands that to be like this you should work hard, your mind should be always on your job, not on the other things that are not important. I am very sorry for him for this. He has everything to be one of the best players in the world.”
Balotelli was recently dropped from the City squad that took on Tottenham Hotspur because of his poor attitude in training.