City's Raheem Sterling tells police Chelsea fan racially abused him

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Raheem Sterling accuses the Daily Mail of fuelling "racism and aggressive behaviour"
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11 December, 2018

"You have to look at it from a young, black player's perspective". If you ask me if Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea can with the Premier League, I would say yes.

Next to his message, Sterling posted screengrabs of two articles, both on the MailOnline, about two Manchester City teammates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden purchasing houses.

The perception is of a young, flash, black kid from London.

Last December, a man was jailed for 16 weeks for racially aggravated common assault on Sterling.

The 24-year-old has previously been criticised for buying clothes from Primark and flying on a budget airline, as well as splashing money on cars and a private jet.

"We stand alongside him and any other player who has to endure this kind of abuse", the organisation posted on Twitter.

A Mohamed Salah hat-trick and a Steve Cook own goal secured all three points for the Reds, setting a new club record for most points gained at this stage of the season. It's courageous and right that @sterling7 speaks out, "Lineker tweeted".

The chairman of English football's anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, complained that the chairmen of the Premier League, the English Football Association (FA) and Chelsea had not spoken out about the alleged abuse faced by Sterling.

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"He came to see me one on one in 2016, a few days before the Iceland game", Neville told Sky Sports.

"'Raheem you're a great player, we love you to bits' - which to be fair we did - as a coaching staff, and, by trying to patch him up, you'd never be dealing with the underlying issue, and maybe you never would be able to in that sort of one on one session".

Manchester City applauded the measures Chelsea have taken, saying in a statement: "Manchester City FC welcomes Chelsea FC's decision to issue suspensions to the individuals who verbally abused Raheem Sterling during the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday".

Referring toSaturday's incident, a Chelsea spokesman said: "We're aware of reports and video footage".

"We do not have any leadership at the top of the game to speak out, they just rely on Kick it Out", he said in a statement. "The print media often targets, not just black players, but all footballers", he added.

"Anyone who thinks Raheem Sterling is not suffering racism, or that the person you need to listen to about Raheem Sterling's racism is not Raheem Sterling but someone who is white like Piers Morgan. all those wrong people are on the wrong side of this".

Goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz earned the Blues a 2-0 victory against City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, ensuring Liverpool stayed top of the table after their 4-0 win at Bournemouth.


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