The Greater Manchester Police released a statement on Tuesday night revealing the identity of the man who racially abused and assaulted Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling on Saturday.
The statement read:
“A man has been charged with racially aggravated common assault in Manchester.
“Karl Anderson, 29, of Woodward Street, Manchester, has been charged with racially aggravated common assault and has been remanded in custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday.
“On Monday 18 December 2017 a report was made to police after a 23-year-old man was subjected to a racially aggravated assault on Clayton Lane in Manchester on Saturday, 16 December.”
Anderson has previous and was one of eleven Manchester United supporters given banning orders earlier this year for clashes with rival supporters.
A story in the Manchester Evening News read: “A group of Manchester United fans who clashed with rival supporters have received football banning orders totalling 39 years.”
“Bans of five years were handed down to Karl Anderson, 28, of Woodward Street, Ancoats, Lee Berrie, 27, of Heather Close, Burscough, Ormskirk and Gavin Pinder, 39, of Lord Lane, Failsworth.”