Sunderland & the impact of Raheem Sterling’s abuse
The impact of the racism directed at Man City’s Raheem Sterling last weekend at Chelsea seems to be having an impact.
Chelsea have suspended four supporters for their abuse towards Sterling.
Will these fans receiving life time bans?
On Saturday, following Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers, another story has broken about abuse in English football.
One supporter has taken to social media to reveal his observations of racism and homophobia at the Stadium of Light.
Barnsley & Bristol Rovers
Sunderland supporter Tom Albrighton has revealed his story of encountering appalling behaviour from a “young lad” at two recent home matches.
The boy and his family appear to be season tickets holders at the Stadium of Light.
Things kicked off in a match against Barnsley.
Sunderland’s centre forward this season is often 19-year-old Josh Maja.
According to the report, after Maja missed a good chance against Barnsley, this ‘young lad’ called his own player a “black c***”.
Tom Albrighton admits that while he was offended, he said nothing.
On Saturday against Bristol Rovers things kicked off again why the “whiney” lad was “having a right go at Maja”.
This time Tom Albrighton stepped in, and a back-and-forth ended with the young Sunderland fan calling Tom Albrighton a “f***** faggot”.
At this point the lad’s dad also “started fighting his son’s battles”.
In his conclusions, Tom Albrighton states that the time is over for football fans to sit by as abuse is heard in the terraces. He wrote:
We won’t hear it anymore. Next time you want to hurl abuse, you’ll be reported to the nearest steward.
Right, im going in for this. Hopefully people read it & maybe the lad himself reads it too. Its not acceptable & myself or other fans wont tolerate it. @SunderlandAFC @RokerReport @ALS_Fanzine #SAFC pic.twitter.com/UvvezgdfAx
— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) December 15, 2018
Social media reaction
Hi Tom. This behaviour will not be tolerated at Sunderland AFC. Please can you email me the full details to Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org and I will speak to our security department regarding it to report the person on Monday.
— Sunderland AFC SLO (@CWaters_SAFC) December 15, 2018
Glad to say I hear nothing like this where we sit. Tiny minority but totally unacceptable. Always speak up. There’s more good people than bad. SAFC is for everyone except bigots.
— hazy (@safcno1ne) December 15, 2018
Unacceptable. Racism and homophobia has no place in society, and certainly not at the football. Sickening to read this. I’ve vivid memories of this down the years at the stadium and have always stood up against it. Always hard to reason with bigots though
— Dominic Ridley (@domridley87) December 15, 2018
I sit in front of you mate, Thought you were spot on for telling him, good on you and your cousin 👍🏻
— Danny Evans (@Evans_Safc) December 16, 2018
Props to you, the kid is annoying each week and needed telling to shut up, props to your cousin for calling him out, I was fully taken aback that he used that word in anger. No place for it
— Alex Wrigglesworth (@alexwriggs) December 15, 2018