Chelsea fan vs Man City’s Raheem Sterling
One of the big talking points after Chelsea beat Man City on Saturday in the Premier League is what one fan shouted at Raheem Sterling.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright have lead the calls on Twitter that Sterling was subjected to racism.
On the video grabs from the match, the Chelsea fan stands accused of screaming “f****** black c***” at the Man City star.
By Sunday morning the videos have been watched millions of times on the social network.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 8, 2018
The bad old days are back! Chelsea you have been shamed by this disgusting racist fan! absolutely no doubt about what he says. 😢 pic.twitter.com/ISDCDlBc1z
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 8, 2018
Defending the Chelsea supporter
Twitter can be a grim place at times.
While the majority of people seem convinced that the Chelsea fan was obviously racist towards Sterling, not everyone agrees.
Plenty of people have defended the Chelsea supporter.
The defences have ranged from the questionable to outright ridiculous.
One of the more arguably points is what the Chelsea fan actually said.
Many are claiming that the word “black” was never said, but rather “Manc”, as in Manchester City.
Others have tried to suggest that other pieces of circumstantial evidence reveals the fan wasn’t being racist.
How some are defending the Chelsea fan vs Raheem Sterling
Listen I’m a United fan, and I don’t really care for City or Chelsea, but let’s have it right, it looks clear to me he’s saying Manc not black..if he’s said black, then he should be banned for life because there’s no place anywhere for that! But genuinely feel he’s said Manc
— Sean Monaghan (@Sean_Monaghan_) December 8, 2018
Even though there’s a big “black” fella stood right in the middle of them and doesn’t say a word? 🤔 He doesn’t even look at them !!! Surely if what your saying was said he would at least show something 🤷🏼♂️ utter bollocks from Rio
— WebbyCFC79 (@webbyCFC) December 8, 2018
Don’t tweet something when you don’t know 💯 what was said Rio, as a lot of replies say, it looks like he says manc
— Craig Atkins (@CraigAtkinsCFC) December 8, 2018
This isn't racist at all. C'mon, it's some passion from the fans. When fans are taking pictures of the player's , people say there's no more passion or hostility towards opposing players. But when they do show passion, it's labelled as racism. C'mon, grow up
— Gabriel (@ArdonGabriel) December 9, 2018
It's clear they said something else like Manc because sterling would of reacted if they said black
— #LH44 Fan Johnathan Allan Quigg (@Johnath08539097) December 9, 2018
There’s no way you can tell exactly what he says. Watched it about 20 times. Go on tell me ?
— Lee (@Leephillips72) December 8, 2018
Dont think they said anything racist tbh, could be wrong (and if i am then theres no place for it in football)but theres a black guy giving him greif too, maybe just hating on sterling because he is a massive bell end and not because of his colour??
— Dale (@27dale) December 8, 2018