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Sterling Blames Media For “Fuelling Racism” Following Alleged Abuse

Raheem Sterling took to Instagram to address the alleged racial abuse he was subjected to during yesterday’s defeat to Chelsea, with the Man City winger accusing newspapers of “fuelling racism”.

Both Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the footage of the alleged incident after it was circulated online. The footage in question shows a number of Chelsea fans hurling insults at the Englan international as he attempts to gather the ball underneath the Matthew Harding Stand.

Taking to Instagram following the incident, Sterling said, “Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction, I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better”.

Sterling accused the media of “fuelling racism” in the UK by not giving young black players fair publicity when compared to their peers.

The England player used two news stories surrounding players at Man City’s academy to bring home the point. The first story about Tosin Adarabioyo read; “Young Manchester City footballer, 20, on £25,000 a week splashes out on mansion on market for £2.25million despite having never started a Premier League match”.

Sterling also referenced the same publication’s story about another Man City youngster, Phil Foden doing the exact same thing as Adarabioyo, yet the headline reads; “Foden buys new £2m home for his mum”.

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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.

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“You have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the newspapers get there message across for the young black player and the young white player. I think this i[s] unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. The young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an[d] aggressive behaviour, so for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second though about fair publicity an[d] give all players an equal chance.”

The incident – that brought widespread condemnation – took place in the first half of Man City’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, with the London club issuing a statement promising to “investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary”.

The Metropolitan Polic also said no arrests had been made, before adding: “We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player … We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”

 

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