Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Sterling warned over 'laughing gas'

Published 14/04/2015

Raheem Sterling during the Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield
Raheem Sterling during the Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield

Premier League and England star Raheem Sterling has been warned about his off-the-field conduct after apparently being pictured inhaling laughing gas.

The 20-year-old, who scored a wonder goal in Liverpool's 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United last night, is seen in footage posted on The Sun's website apparently taking nitrous oxide - a legal high.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his young attacker - who opened the scoring - for being "super-professional", but said he would speak to Sterling about his behaviour off the pitch.

Rodgers said: "For me it is something that when you are a professional sportsperson at the top level of the game, I don't think it is something you should be doing. It is as simple as that.

"But I will speak to him on it, to see what he says on it. As you can imagine, I have only seen this today.

"We want players here who are super-professional and focused on their football. I know he is. He very much is focused on his football and improving as a player.

"As I have said before, young players make mistakes. As long as they learn from them, that is what is important."

The matter adds to the controversy currently surrounding Sterling amid a wrangle over a new contract.

He risked the wrath of supporters a fortnight ago by admitting he had rejected a £100,000-per-week deal in an interview that was not sanctioned by the club recently.

Another newspaper also published pictures of him allegedly smoking a shisha pipe over the weekend.

Rodgers said any repercussions following the latest matter would be dealt with internally. He added that he did not feel the matter was a distraction.

He said: "You see the way he plays. He is a kid that is very strong-willed and strong-minded. He should have had a hat-trick, his performance was outstanding.

"I will speak to Raheem. Until then, it is something we will deal with internally."

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph