Raheem Sterling responds after alleged racial attack at Chelsea
England footballer Raheem Sterling has responded on social media after an alleged racist attack on him at Chelsea on Saturday.
As Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police investigate footage of football fans shouting at the Manchester City forward, Sterling said it was time to have his point heard.
And he accused newspapers of “fuelling racism”.
Posting pictures on Instagram of two newspaper headlines about young footballers buying houses, Sterling said the language used in the story about the black player was negative while the one about the white player was positive.
“Good morning,” the footballer wrote, “I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to be heard I will speak up.”
Sterling refers to the incident on Saturday during the first half of the match at Stamford Bridge, saying “as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better”.
The first picture shows a story about “young Manchester City footballer” Tosin Adarabioyo reportedly buying an expensive house “despite never having started a Premier League match”, while the other shows a story about “Manchester City starlet Phil Foden buys new £2m home for his mum”.
“I think this is unacceptable,” he wrote, adding that both players were innocent but the “young black kid is looked at in a bad light” which “fuel(s) racism and aggressive behaviour”.
He concluded: “So for all the newspapers 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 and give all players an equal chance.”
Twitter users highlighted Saturday’s first-half incident when a Chelsea supporter appeared to abuse Sterling, which was also tweeted by pundit and former England striker Ian Wright.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed to Sky News that they are investigating claims that some of the abuse was racially motivated.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”
The Met Police said: “We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 8 December.
“We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”
No arrests have been made, the Met added.