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The BBC has apologised after a photo of Raheem Sterling was mistakenly shown during a report about a Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of rape.
The gaffe, which happened live on air, was particularly odd as the previous segment had nothing to do with Chelsea's new £50million man, and presenter Mike Bushell appeared a little flustered when the image was taking down after a few seconds. There is no link whatsoever to Sterling and any criminal case.
A couple of hours later the broadcaster issued an on-air apology, saying: "In our sports bulletin this morning, owing to a technical error, the wrong picture appeared in connection with the story of a Premier League player arrested over alleged sexual offences.
"A picture of a different and wholly unconnected player was shown. We apologise for this mistake."
It was initially being reported that a Premier League club, whose player has been arrested, have chosen not to suspend him, allowing him take part in training ahead of the new season.
Neither the identity of the player, nor of his club, can be disclosed for legal reasons.
A club statement read: "We are aware of the allegations which are currently the subject of a police investigation.
"We have confirmed that the player denies the allegations and is on police bail pending the outcome of their enquiries. There have been no charges laid and the player can fulfil his professional commitments including permitted travel.
"We take our commitments and responsibilities seriously and have followed our safeguarding policies and procedures. We will keep this matter under close consideration and will review further if circumstances change."
On Wednesday, Sterling's move from Manchester City to Chelsea was confirmed following weeks of speculation after the 27-year-old jetted out to Los Angeles to join the Blues' pre-season tour of the US.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admitted the England international had been his "number one priority" all summer, adding that the forward was "exactly what we were looking for".
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