Raheem Sterling reacts after Chelsea racism
Man City lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.
Yet, sadly, the result is arguably the second biggest story after the game, after Raheem Sterling was racially abused by one Chelsea fan.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright have been active in sharing the video of the Sterling attack.
As the Man City winger went to pick up the ball for a throw-in, one Chelsea fan verbally abused him.
The Chelsea fan shouted “f****** black c***” at Sterling.
On Sunday the Man City star has posted a superb reply to what happened on Instagram.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 8, 2018
Raheem Sterling’s Instagram post
Raheem Sterling posted the following reaction:
Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction, I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.
Sterling highlighted how the Daily Mail once reported on Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying house.
Of course, the Mail and the Sun have often been accused of targeting Sterling with their stories. Sterling continued:
You have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing.
Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the newspapers get there message across for the young black player and the young white player.
I think this i[s] unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded.
The young black kid is looked at in a bad light.
Which helps fuel racism an[d] aggressive behaviour, 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 though about fair publicity an[d] give all players an equal chance.
View this post on Instagram
Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers 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 an give all players an equal chance.
Social media reaction
It’s not taken long for journalists to react to Sterling’s post on social media.
The Times’ Henry Winter, who has long rallied for Sterling, has called out others, calling this a “big moment for the media and for football”.
Plenty of others have had their say too.
This is a big moment for the media and for football. It's a wake-up call. People have to listen to Raheem Sterling on the negative depicting of young black players in parts of the media and the knock-on effects.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 9, 2018
Respect to Raheem Sterling for standing up and speaking out. There is a direct correlation between vilification of young black players in the media and the vile abuse Sterling received at CFC. pic.twitter.com/CJbuUO5nlB
— Nick Lewis (@nick1lewis1) December 9, 2018
So it seems Raheem Sterling heard what we all saw with our own eyes. Where are all the “It looked like “Manc” to me/Do we actually know what he said was racist?” apologists now? The people whose first thought is to defend these arseholes are part of the problem too.
— David Preece (@davidpreece12) December 9, 2018
Swap 'Rooney' for 'Sterling' in all the headlines everyone's tweeting, and tell me they're still 'racist'. Both have received the same intense media treatment (good & bad) because England's best footballers sell papers.
They also use the media to promote & enrich themselves..
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 9, 2018
With all due respect, Henry. Did we really need @sterling7 to say all those things? If we needed his message as a wake up call is because we were more deaf and blind than I thought. Some of the coverage has been racist. And it fit the racist agenda of not all but some audience https://t.co/kdaIHDZiZw
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 9, 2018
Raheem Sterling deserves the highest praise for not responding to vile abuse today. Even if the alleged racist element goes unproven – how do grown men think that is in any way acceptable? ‘Passion’? ‘Banter’? It is pathetic. Quite simply pathetic.
— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) December 8, 2018