Sterling defends Bernardo amidst racism accusations

After the win against Everton, Manchester City is back on track with Sterling one of the main protagonists of Pep’s side.

Manchester City traveled to Liverpool today to face the Toffees. City took down Watford 8-0 in last weekend’s beating and continued walking on winning path by outscoring Everton 3-1.

After Mahrez scored to make it 2-1 for City, Sterling sealed the deal in 84th minute and effectively ended the match with 3rd goal for City.

This was also Sterling’s sixth goal in the league campaign, and the Englishman looks like the early favorite for Premier League Golden Boot.

However, the main story surrounding Manchester City these days aren’t their performances on the pitch, rather their actions off of it.

Mainly, Bernardo Silva was labeled racist after making an insulting joke towards his team-mate, Benjamin Mendy.

Even though Mendy took it as a friendly joke, the public outrage was big as Bernardo even faced a possible ban from the FA.

Luckily, the ban seems to be off the cards, and Bernardo even noted appearance after getting subbed in for Kevin de Bruyne in the 80th minute of the match.

After the match, Raheem Sterling took a stand for his team-mate, justifying Bernardo.

According to BBC Sport, Sterling said:

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“I don’t feel there’s any racism in it.

“It’s a situation between two friends, Bernardo and Mendy, as everyone knows. I can see exactly the point where some people can get touchy-feely on it but I feel in that situation Bernardo made a joke to his friend.

“He’s not referred to his skin colour, he’s not referred to his lips. In both the pictures they’ve both got small heads, you know. The most important thing for me is he didn’t refer to a colour.”

Additionally, Sterling commented about the situation for Sky Sports, further defending his colleague:

“I feel it’s really sad to see someone like Bernardo, the whole week, be kind of down about it because he’s not that way inclined. I keep going on about it, they’re really good friends, it’s really sad to see.

“He’s not in the wrong for me but at the same time I can see where people think it’s wrong and we just need to be smarter on social media.

“We understand in this day and age anything you say and anything you do can quickly be judged and it’s really just a sad situation in this moment in time.

“There’s not one moment he uses a negative term to speak about his skin colour so that’s the most important thing. He tried to make a joke and that joke wasn’t the best, but we’ve got to move on and understand it was not intentional.”

It seems as if the public outrage was way too big given the circumstances. There’s no doubt that Bernardo will grow from the harsh experience.

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