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The Manchester City player Raheem Sterling is known by his crusade agaisnt racism. Past December he reported a racial incident in Stamford Bridge. According to video posted on social media, a male spectator appeared to insult Sterling, while he was retrieving a ball from the byline. This week he has come back to give support to another abused people.
Raheem Sterling sent a letter of solidarity and support to a young Manchester City fan who was racially abused. Young player listened to the story of Ethan, after his grandmum made the story public. And Sterling didn’t doubt:
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”.
Critics about the media role
After Stamford Bridge disagreement, Police and Chelsea say they were investigating the alleged racist abuse and the club has suspended four fans. A day after the match, Sterling took to his personal Instagram account to address the incident. The 24-year-old said he laughed off the racist taunts at the time because he didn’t expect no better, but then he turned his attention to the British media, which he finds culpable of racially stereotypical coverage of black and white athletes.
Kick It Out, a football equality charity, publishes annual statistics based on reports of discrimination it has received over the previous 12 months. Reports can come from all levels of the game, from the Premier League down to grassroots football. Its latest report showed there were 520 incidents in the 2017-18 season, up from 469 in 2016-17.