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GUARDIAN – So what if Raheem Sterling took laughing gas? Many footballers have done worse | Paul Wilson

Sterling is possibly more in need of role models himself than anyone foolish enough to see him as some kind of moral exampleA couple of weeks ago Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling was getting it in the neck for being greedy – although the fact of the matter remains that he is still on his original contract of £35,000 a week when he could have tripled his money some time ago. Now he is being criticised for the way he spends his downtime after being pictured apparently experimenting with shisha pipes and nitrous oxide balloons.Yes, the footballer-as-role-model debate is back on the agenda. According to the Daily Mail – who else? – Sterling’s alleged dabblings with “hippy crack” sum up all that’s wrong with football. Really? Leaving aside the severity or otherwise of Sterling’s alleged transgressions in search of a legal high for a moment, or that fact that hippy crack appears to be a complete misnomer, has anyone any right to expect sensible behaviour from a 20-year-old from a fractured family background attempting to enjoy himself at a party without the aid of alcohol or stronger stimulants? Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez: I left Liverpool to win Champions League with Barcelona

• Barcelona play Paris Saint-Germain in quarter-final first leg on Wednesday• ‘Barcelona are always a candidate to win the Champions League’• Motta needs minor miracle to face Barça, says BlancLuis Suárez will head into Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain admitting he had to leave Liverpool to stand a chance of winning European football’s biggest prize.The 28-year-old Barcelona striker swapped Anfield for the Nou Camp in July last year in a £75m switch with his eyes firmly set on silverware. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers criticises Raheem Sterling over nitrous oxide – video

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling’s behaviour has no place in professional football, after a video emerges of the forward allegedly taking nitrous oxide. The video shows Sterling inhaling the gas from an orange balloon, laughing and then asking friends for another hit. The manager stresses he believes Sterling is dedicated and focused on the sport Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling facing Liverpool reprimand over nitrous oxide video

• England international shown allegedly taking ‘legal high’• ‘I don’t think it is something you should be doing’ says Brendan Rodgers• Match report: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle • Paul Wilson: Lightning raiders too quick for NewcastleBrendan Rodgers has said Raheem Sterling’s behaviour was unbecoming of a professional sportsman after footage emerged of the Liverpool forward apparently taking nitrous oxide.Sterling opened the scoring for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday, a result that takes them to within four points of Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification, but the 20-year-old’s contribution was overshadowed by the latest revelations regarding his private life. Continue reading…

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