Man City’s Raheem Sterling on racism in football
Man City and England star Raheem Sterling has written a thought-provoking article on the scourge of racism in football.
Sterling has been at the centre of a couple of shocking incidents this season.
First off, a handful of Chelsea fans appeared to racially abused the City star during a Premier League match.
Sterling was then playing for England in Montenegro as players were subjected to appalling monkey noises. The Man City star wrote:
You will all have read about the various high-profile racist incidents in recent months: the abuse I received playing for Manchester City away to Chelsea; the booing that the black England players were subjected to in Montenegro; the nastiness that Moise Kean of Juventus endured in Italy and the endless insults thrown at players on social media.
Sterling has previously used social media to ask questions about how the English press portray black footballers.
In the Times, however, Sterling widens the discussion to how to tackle racism and racist football fans.
— Helena Lee (@BBCHelenaLee) April 22, 2019
Chelsea should have been hit with 9-point deduction
If Sterling was in charge, Chelsea may have been slapped with a major points deduction this season.
The Man City star believes the authorities need to severely punish clubs for the actions of their fans. He said:
I don’t think generally that walking off is a great solution, but players should not be punished for it. Punishments need to be harsher and money just doesn’t hurt the rich clubs or football associations.
So I would call for an automatic nine-point deduction for racist abuse. It sounds harsh but which fan will risk racist behaviour if it might relegate their team or ruin their title bid?
As well as that, the club should have to play three games behind closed doors. That way, they lose revenue as a direct consequence of racist behaviour.
“I would call for an automatic nine-point deduction for racist abuse. It sounds harsh but which fan will risk racist behaviour if it might relegate their team or ruin their title bid?” Raheem Sterling via @TimesSport https://t.co/4HRcnyxSDl
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 23, 2019
What’s happened with the Chelsea incident?
It’s worth noting that the claim Sterling was racially abused at Chelsea remains in the courts.
That said, Chelsea suspended the four fans at the centre of the investigation back in December.
The police investigation into the alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Sterling is ongoing.