Raheem Sterling Finally Addresses The Media's Portrayal Of Him
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has taken to Instagram to address the way he has been portrayed in the media.
The England international had stayed relatively quiet on the matter and got on with his job on the pitch but after footage showed Sterling being abused by somme Chelsea fans as he collected the ball near the advertising boards at Stamford Bridge last night, he decided it was the right time to speak up.
In a post on his official page, 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.
View this post on InstagramGood 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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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.
Sterling himself was accused of "flaunting his wealth" back when he bought his Mum a new house after Euro 2016.
Raheem Sterling on Instagram this morning calling out the racist dog whistles that lead to yesterday's incident. pic.twitter.com/wUXOgWCXQj
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Sterling believes the difference in how young black players and young white players are looked at in some sections of the media is striking and told of how he 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".
Meanwhile, Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating whether Sterling was racially abused by a fan during yesterday's game after the clip begun to do the rounds on social media.
"We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player," The Met Police said, as per the BBC.
"We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed."
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