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Newspapers help 'fuel racism' with portrayals of young black players -Raheem Sterling


Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has accused newspapers of fueling racism with their portrayals of young black players.

According to reports, the Metropolitan Police and Chelsea have said they are investigating the incident.

In an Instagram post, Sterling referred to alleged racist abuse directed at him from a Chelsea supporter during his side's match against Chelsea on Saturday, saying "I just had to laugh because I don't expect no better".

Sterling shared a screenshot of two news articles from the same newspaper and highlighted the different coverage given to two young Manchester City players when they bought houses.

One, headline about Tosin Adarabioyo focusing on the fact that the young player bought a £2.25million house despite never having started in the Premier League.

The other, about Phil Foden, read, "Manchester City starlet Phil Foden buys new £2 million home for his mum".

Raheem Sterling's Instagram post:

Sterling claims way young black players are written about in the media "helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour".

He added: "So for all the newspapers 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(d) give all players an equal chance."

See reaction from sports stars and pundits in support of Sterling's statement.

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My view: Footballers should be able to go to the stadium/pitch and do their job without some ignorant middle-age men shouting racial abuse at them. Maybe they picked on Raheem because he's talented, as they couldn't fault his football skills. Also the elite newspapers should be fair when they are reporting stories about black/white footballers. Every footballer should feel welcome, regardless of their skin, religion and ethnicity.