The Chelsea supporter at the centre of a racism storm surrounding Raheem Sterling has spoken out.
Colin Wing is the man who was caught on camera roaring at the England forward during the Saturday evening game between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Fans watching live on BT Sport immediately picked up on an alleged racial slur from Wing, which ignited the wrath of the footballing world.
As a result, the 60-year-old claims to have lost his job and season ticket, despite protesting his innocence to the Daily Mail.
In an interview with the outlet, the Londoner apologised for his treatment of Sterling, but maintained that he called the 24-year-old a “Manc c***”, rather than the alleged “black c***” insult.
‘I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad,” Wing stated. “But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.
“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now.
“Nobody around me said they heard anything. I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it. Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad – but I got carried away.
“I was completely out of order, but I’ve lost my job and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they wanted. So why can’t they leave me alone?”
Wing is among those four Chelsea fans who have been temporarily suspended while both the club and the police investigate the incident. The Mail piece also includes input from other fans implicated in the footage.