PFA stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Raheem Sterling over alleged racial abuse

PFA stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Raheem Sterling over alleged racial abuse
The City and England winger has hit out not just against the racist abuse he received at Chelsea, but also the portal of young black footballers in the media. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018

PFA stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Raheem Sterling over alleged racial abuse

PFA stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Raheem Sterling over alleged racial abuse

LONDON: The Professional Footballers’ Association has said that it stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City player suffered alleged racial abuse during his side’s surprise 2-0 defeat against Chelsea.
Chelsea and the police are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which was highlighted on social media.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Sterling accused British newspapers of helping to “fuel racism” with the way they portray young black footballers.
Simone Pound, PFA head of equality and diversity, said: “Football is a microcosm of society and incidents such as this highlight the current political climate.
“Raheem has made a stand by speaking out and we stand shoulder to shoulder with him against the discrimination of which he speaks.”
A statement from the organization added: “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.
“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.”