Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Man. City coach Guardiola speaks out against racism after Sterling abuse

Man. City coach Guardiola speaks out against racism after Sterling abuse

A police investigation was launched after a video posted online showed the 24-year-old England global being shouted at by fans as he went to collect the ball during City's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The Professional Footballers' Association was critical of the media's portrayal of Sterling, saying the England global, 24, was often singled out.

Chelsea suspended four people from attending their matches pending an investigation, with the club and the Metropolitan Police launching investigations into whether the England worldwide was racially abused by supporters.

The Metropolitan Police said no arrests had been made but they were also looking at the incident.

"If there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions".

"The Club and Raheem are fully engaged with Chelsea FC and the investigating authorities as they continue to examine the events in question".

Raheem Sterling was praised for his strength of character by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and team-mate Leroy Sane.

In his post, England worldwide Sterling cites newspaper headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses.

"Everyone ask me about this, I said that it not going to happen", Guardiola told a news conference.

"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", wrote Sterling. The abuse that he received, particularly in the media, and the language used against him, I have not seen it before.

Well said, Raheem. Sterling deserves huge respect for having the bravery to speak out and hopefully his post will help fix the ongoing issue of racism of football.

The PFA said it stood with Sterling in "calling for the press to consider the coverage of all footballers carefully, and to end their imbalanced coverage aimed at young, black players".

Sterling's team-mate Leroy Sane also believes the England worldwide has dealt with the matter well.

A Chelsea spokesman said: "We're aware of reports and video footage".

Morrison commended Sterling for his response to the racist abuse.

"There was a time when I tried to hold stuff back but I know now that there is a 15-year-old boy just like Raheem, or a girl just like Raheem, that will go through these things and hopefully hearing these things from me and not keeping it to myself will help".

The incident at Stamford Bridge is the latest in a spate of alleged racism in the top tier of English football, after a banana skin was thrown at Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang during the North London derby.

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