Gareth Southgate has praised Raheem Sterling’s tackling of issues related to racism in football and the society.
The England manager insists Sterling has shown a lot of courage by speaking out about the issue of in the football space.
During Manchester City’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back, Sterling was allegedly racially abused.
Southgate insists the Manchester City star should be applauded for taking a stand and helping to bring attention to the issues of racism.
“It’s easier for me to talk about what I feel about what Raheem’s done and how brave he’s been in speaking up,” Southgate said, according to FourFourTwo.
“We’ve seen incidents of racism in the last few months that have always been unacceptable, remain unacceptable and will be unacceptable if they happen in the future. We have to hope they don’t.”
“Football is a mirror of society and unfortunately racism exists in society and so there are times when people use the opportunity at a football ground to fuel that.”
“We have to stand strong as a game to make sure that does not happen.
“I think Raheem commented about what happens in stadiums, but also the unconscious bias that maybe exists.”
“I think that’s a huge topic for everyone to think about and to ponder and see how that might affect our lives and how we might do things differently as we move forward.”
“I really commend what he did and I think he should be very proud of being brave enough to stand up because it’s not an easy thing to do.”