Eden Hazard Sends A Message Of Support To Raheem Sterling
Eden Hazard has publically displayed his support for Raheem Sterling after he was alleged racially abused in Manchester City's 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Footage showed Sterling being abused by some Chelsea fans as he collected the ball near the advertising boards, with one appearing to call the England international a "f***ing black c***".
Chelsea have confirmed on their official website that four fans have been suspended pending further investigations into the matter.
"Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans," an official statement read.
"We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions."
And Hazard, Chelsea's main man, agrees with the stance his club are taking, saying those involved are not "proper Chelsea fans" while sending a classy message to Sterling.
The only thing I can say is I support the player. Sterling is a fantastic player," Hazard told Sky Sports.
"There is an investigation, so we don't know what will happen. Proper Chelsea fans just sing for Chelsea and enjoy the game.
"I am fully supportive of Raheem and this sort of racism cannot be in the stadium anymore."
The incident - and Sterling's resulting statement - has opened up a huge discussion about how young black players are portrayed in certain sections of the media.
In a post on his official page on Sunday morning, Sterling says he laughed at the vitriol he received because he doesn't expect "no better" given the endless slating he's had in certain newspapers of the years, where it seems like he can do no right.
He posted screenshots of a Daily Mail articles on his City teammates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses for their mothers and highlighting the stark contrast in how it was worded.
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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.
Sterling himself was accused of "flaunting his wealth" back when he bought his Mum a new house after Euro 2016.
The former Liverpool man told of how he believes there difference in how young black players and young white players are looked at and some newspapers thinks they are partly responsible for racism and aggressive behaviour that follows.
He ended his post pleading asking for papers to "have a second thought about fair publicity".