Liverpool Star Raheem Sterling Charged with Assault for November Incident

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27:   Raheem Sterling of Liverpool in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Oldham Athletic and Liverpool at Boundary Park on January 27, 2013 in Oldham, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was charged with assault stemming from an incident in November involving a 27-year-old woman, according to Ben Rankin of the Daily Mirror.

The report states Sterling, who's currently 18 but was 17 when the alleged assault occurred, knows the individual pressing the charges. The case is being moved to a different court after today's hearing and will resume on Feb. 22.

Mick Hogan, a solicitor who appeared on the England international's behalf, stated the Reds' star will plead not guilty to the charge.

Mr Hogan said: "I do have instructions to the effect that Mr Sterling will be pleading not guilty to this charge.

"He is aware of today's hearing and the club are very supportive."

Sterling was recently selected for Under-21 international duty for England. The team will take on Sweden in a friendly next week and it doesn't appear the charge will have any impact on his status for that match.

The teenager has been one of Liverpool's most impressive players this season. He's gained valuable experience at the Premier League level, making 22 appearances. The rising star has tallied two goals and two assists.

It's unclear how the charge will affect him for the rest of the season or his potential appearance in the Under-21 European Championships this summer.

Sterling is a key piece of both the Reds and England's youth national team thanks to his combination of terrific pace and improving ability to finish, so there will be a lot of people watching this situation in the coming months.

More should be known after the Feb. 22 court date.