Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward claims football chiefs are ‘doing nowhere near enough’ to solve racism problem


Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward claims football chiefs are ‘doing nowhere near enough’ to solve racism problem

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling believes football’s racism problem is ‘nowhere near being sorted’ as those who run the game are not doing nearly enough to try and fix it.

Sterling, the England international, has become a figurehead in the fight against racism having experienced abuse on the pitch, most recently cupping his hands to his ears in response to chants from Montenegro fans while playing for the Three Lions last month.

Sterling responded to racist chanting during England’s defeat of Montenegro
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Sterling is one of the signatories to a manifesto launched by The Times calling for more black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in positions of power, harsher punishments for racist abuse, and actions from social media companies, the media and sponsors.

Writing in the newspaper, 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.

“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.