The Professional Footballers Association have said they will stand with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling after the England star was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea fans on Saturday.
In their statement the PFA said: “This weekend, following the video footage appearing to show a fan shouting racist abuse at Raheem Sterling, we have been in close contact with his agent, and extend our full support to Raheem.”
Sterling is often at the centre of media attention, he took to social media to summarise his overall thoughts on the situation and to slam the reporting of young footballers by certain national publications.
Investigations are ongoing to determine what was said by the Chelsea fan during their 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the weekend.
read BCOM’S statement here: BCOM’S statement on Raheem Sterling
Sterling took to Instagram where he had this to say:
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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.
The PFA have today release a full statement surrounding the Sterling incident.
They said: “The PFA condemn, in the strongest terms, the increase in racial abuse our members have been receiving from the terraces. We encourage all clubs to take the strongest possible action for fans found guilty of racially abusing players.
“Over the past two weeks, we have seen two alleged high-profile racist incidents happen from the stands at Premier League games. We stress to all clubs the importance of dealing with these incidents robustly. It is not acceptable for our members to find themselves subject to racist abuse, simply for showing up to work and performing for their team.
“We commend Raheem for his professionalism during the incident and the statement he made via Instagram on Sunday.
“We stand with him in calling for the press to consider the coverage of all footballers carefully, and to end their imbalanced coverage aimed at young, black players.
“We have been aware for a few months of the targeting Raheem faces in the press, it is evident that he is often singled out and treated more harshly than his colleagues. As such, these stories are fuelling racism within the game, as reports of racist abuse continue to rise.
“In November, anti-discrimination charity – and PFA funded partner – Kick It Out released figures that showed reports of discriminatory abuse within football were up 11 per cent last season (2017/18), the sixth successive annual rise. Of the 520 reported incidents, 53 per cent were racism related – a 22 per cent increase from the previous season.
“While it may be true that no racial slurs have been used in the press coverage received by Raheem and others, we are in no doubt that the negative narrative influences public opinion and emboldens racist rhetoric.”
Full Statement: PFA Statement on Raheem Sterling
Kick It Out also gave produced a statement on twitter: