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Raheem Sterling Meets Racially Abused Young Fan, Gives Him His Shirt And Advice

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:

"Dear Ethan,

"I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse.

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"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,

"Raheem Sterling"

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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.

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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.

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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.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Racism, Football, England, FA Cup, Raheem Sterling

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