The Manchester City and England ace fears the situation is so bad that someone will miss this summer’s World Cup due to an x-rated tackle.
“There are going to be challenges that are badly timed and probably not all of them are intentional,” said Sterling.
“But at the same time, if it’s a dangerous tackle, it’s a dangerous tackle and I think the referees and officials need to cut these tackles out.
“As you can see some of the players are getting butchered – butchered out there – and it’s sad to see.
“I don’t think that’s right. We need to cut down on that because we’ve got a World Cup at the end of the year.
“The majority of the players in the top flight and in our team will be playing in it and it would be sad to see someone miss the tournament due to a silly tackle and someone get away with it.