Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been plunged into further controversy after a video emerged showing the 20-year-old inhaling what is alleged to be nitrous-oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – before appearing to pass out.
The Sun report that the England international took at least two hits of the legal high – which causes light-headedness by starving the brain of oxygen – alongside two friends, before being shown to be potentially unconscious during the 81 second video.
It is believed that the video was filmed not long before the Reds would go on to beat Newcastle 2-0 at Anfield, largely thanks to the performance of the 20-year-old.
Sterling opened the scoring with a fantastic solo effort in the eighth minute, and received a very warm reception when he substituted late in the game.
However, this incident is the latest in a recent line of misdemeanours involving the youngster. After receiving criticism for rejecting a new £100,000 a week deal at Anfield, he took part in an unsanctioned interview to try and suggest that money was not a motivating factor. And just last week, the player was pictured smoking a shisha pipe.
Here’s some of the worrying footage of Sterling taking the laughing gas: