Liverpool will not punish Raheem Sterling for a video which showed him inhaling nitrous oxide, or “hippy crack”, along with teammate Jordon Ibe, despite the story hitting the back-pages of the vast majority of national newspapers.
This is the latest in a long-line of unsavoury incidents featuring the 20-year-old England international this season, culminating in a ‘tense’ two weeks which has also seen him pictured smoking a shisha pipe and discussing his contract in a controversial interview with the BBC.
However, reports in The Independent claim that rather than punish the player, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will instead arrange a face-to-face meeting for Thursday, the day after the Hillsborough Memorial Service.
It is thought that he will use the meeting to remind Sterling of his responsibilities as a professional football, which includes acting as a respectable role-model that represents the club.
The report adds that hippy crack is not illegal and it’s for this reason that it does not fall under any sanction for damaging the reputation of the club. He will not be fined or punished for any of the three incidents.