Raheem Sterling’s ongoing problems with the media in the UK continues, after he posted on Instagram accusing newspapers of helping to “fuel racism”.
In the past, Sterling has been targeted by various publications for taking an easyJet flight, driving a dirty car, and buying his mum a new sink, but this time he’s decided to stick up for himself and his teammates.
His latest Instagram post, which currently has over 500k likes, shows newspaper headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses.
The headline referring to 21-year-old defender Adarabioyo – who is on loan at West Brom – details how he spent £2.25m on a house for his Mum, “despite having never started a Premier League match”.
This is in comparison to the story about Foden, which doesn’t mention how many appearances he’s made for Man City, and is later described as having “set up a future”.
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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.
“You have two young players starting out their careers – both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are,” Sterling said.
“But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.
“I think this is 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 and aggressive behaviour.”
This comes the day after Sterling appeared to be racially abused by a fan, in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, and former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes has had his say on the matter. Speaking to BBC One’s Breakfast programme, Barnes said: “When people talk about, ‘Oh isn’t that terrible what happened to Raheem Sterling?’, you speak to black people in the inner cities and they say ‘this is what we go through every single day’.”
“It’s not a surprise to us. It’s prevalent in society as you go into the inner cities and see how disenfranchised and what a lack of opportunities there are for members of ethnic minorities.
“So why should football be any different?
“Society has to change. The only way we can change racism is if we change the perception of the average black person in the street.
“It’s a very long-term process, we’re talking about hundreds of years of indoctrination ensuring that there are certain groups of people who are more worthy than others.”
BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sport) released a statement earlier today, regarding the issues.
They said: “BCOMS stands with Raheem Sterling and thanks him for raising the issue of how the media portrays black footballers and communities across the country. We hope this serves as a wake up call not just for the newspapers, but all the media, and ask them to reassess how they treat Raheem and portray black sports men and women.
“We hope Raheem has opened up a crucial discussion that leads to real actions and investment so we have an industry that is representative of our sports and country.”