Raheem Sterling on racist slurs: The forward finally opened up on his media portrayal, as well as the racist slurs during game against Chelsea.
Raheem Sterling has often been the victim of biased media portrayal in England. While the fans and pundits alike have often criticised the English media, Sterling had maintained silence on the issue.
However, he finally opened up after he was racially abused by a bunch of Chelsea supporters during the game at Stamford Bridge.
In an Instagram post, Raheem Sterling criticised the newspapers for their wrongful portrayal, which impacts the society at large. He insists that he expected ‘no better’ from the supporters, because the media plays a huge role in forming opinions in the country.
He criticised the tabloids further, stating that they fuel ‘aggressive behaviour’.
Sterling on racist slurs:
In a long post on Instagram, Raheem Sterling criticised the newspapers and blamed them for fuelling racist behaviour in the country.
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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.
Raheem Sterling stated that the portrayal of black young players is strikingly different to that of white young players. He also posted a screenshot of two reports from two Daily Mail articles, about Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden respectively.
He ended the post with a request to the newspapers, asking them to “have a second thought about fair publicity.”
Chelsea, meanwhile, have launched an investigation into yesterday’s incident, which turned viral after being posted on the social media.
“We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player,” the Met Police said.
“We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed,” the statement read.