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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling On Assault Charge
Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling has been charged with assaulting a woman.
The 18-year-old Liverpool and England winger was summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court on a charge of common assault against a 27-year-old woman on November 2 last year.
The woman, who is known to the footballer, suffered "slight" facial injuries during the alleged assault in Toxteth, Liverpool.
The Jamaica-born footballer, who lives in Woolton, Liverpool, did not attend Friday's hearing and solicitor Mick Hogan appeared on his behalf.
Mr Hogan said Sterling would be pleading not guilty.
He said: "He is aware of today's hearing and the club are very supportive."
Mr Hogan also noted that although the alleged offence took place when the footballer was 17, as Sterling turned 18 in December, the matter should be transferred to the adult courts.
The move to the adult courts was supported by the prosecution and chairman of the bench Brian Upton adjourned the matter to Liverpool Magistrates' Court on February 22.
Sterling made his senior international debut for England last November against Sweden and has been hailed for his performances for Liverpool this season.
On Thursday, he was named in the England squad to face Brazil in a friendly next Wednesday, arranged to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.