Sterling: Racism nowhere near being resolved

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PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - MARCH 25: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between Montenegro and England at Podgorica City Stadium on March 25, 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling believes Football authorities are not doing enough to resolve racism that currently runs deep in the game.

The Manchester City forward who has suffered a lot of racist taunts and abuse on the pitch for both club and country.

Even though Sterling has responded on the pitch with excellent displays on the pitch that has earned him the PFA player of the year nomination, he decided to take it one step further via the press.

Writing in the newspaper cited on talksport, Sterling said: “When I was a boy growing up in London, going to school and playing football, I didn’t know what racist abuse was because I never suffered any.

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“So it seems crazy that, in 2019, I feel the need to write a piece in a newspaper calling for radical changes to the game that I love. But I do because the racism problem in football is so bad, runs so deep and is nowhere near being sorted.

“You will all have read about the various high-profile racist incidents in recent months: the abuse I received playing for Manchester City away to Chelsea; the booing that the black England players were subjected to in Montenegro; the nastiness that Moise Kean of Juventus endured in Italy and the endless insults thrown at players on social media.

“But that is sadly just the tip of the iceberg. Up and down the game, across the world, black and Asian players, fans and coaches are subjected to racism. Every day, from park football to the Champions League.

“In my opinion, the people who run the game are doing nowhere near enough to solve the problem. And that’s not good enough.”

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