Raheem Sterling Meets Racially Abused Young Fan, Gives Him His Shirt And Advice
Last month, Raheem Sterling showed his class when he wrote a letter to fan who had also received racial abuse.
After his grandmother reached out to him, the England international wrote the following brilliant message to Ethan Ross after finding out he had been the victim of discrimination:
"I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse.
"Remember to stand tall and be proud of who you are and don't let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave, and your Nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid.
"Remember speaking up doesn't always make life easy, but easy never changed anything.
"With kind regards,
Half Time viewing!!
Read what @sterling7 sent to a fan that was suffering from racial abuse. This man does not get enough credit. :clap: pic.twitter.com/N025OhFUMq
- TheMCFCView (@TheMCFCView_) January 9, 2019
13-year old Ethan plays for Newport County's Under 14 side as a goalkeeper and so when City travelled to Rodney Parade for Saturday night's FA Cup fifth round cup tie, it was arranged for Sterling to meet the kid in person after he attended the game with his mother, Vicki.
Paul Hirst from The Times reports that after the final whistle, Sterling give him a signed shirt and spent time offering him more advice in order to deal with bullies at school.
It was probably as heartwarming for me as it was for you to finally meet up, Ethan. Again, always be proud of who you are, and never stay silent. #SpeakUp #youthsarethefuture pic.twitter.com/V8VXxtL8Ge- Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 18, 2019
Remember the boy that @sterling7 sent a letter to after he was racially abused at school? He was at the Newport v City match on Saturday and met Sterling after the final whistle. Sterling gave him a signed shirt & more advice. Read about it here: https://t.co/D2oQL3NHQs
- Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) February 18, 2019
A class gesture from Sterling, who has been on the receiving end of vile racial abuse in the past - notably at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
In a post on his official Instagram page the day after the incident, 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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His mature response saw him post 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.