Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose has come out in support of England teammate Raheem Sterling this week, slamming the awful state of racism in modern football.
You would think that football racism would be a thing of the past in 2019, but Sterling’s recent public statements proved what an issue it still is.
The Man City winger was allegedly racially abused by a fan while playing against Chelsea last year, and has always been somewhat of a target for the press (BBC).
Sterling posted some analysis on social media relating to two media headlines about football youngsters buying houses.
The two headlines referred to Sterling’s teammates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden. The article on the former player concentrated on how he had bought a £2.25m home ‘despite having never started a Premier League match.’
The latter had an article stating that he had bought ‘a £2m home for his mum’ and had ‘set up a future’.
Rose was ‘over the moon’ with Sterling’s post (BBC): “Raheem was only saying what we all say in the dressing room.
“It’s sad really but he’s 100% spot on with what he said. The stick he used to get from the media was bang out of order. When he put the [Instagram] post up about the media we were all over the moon with that because we all agree. Fair play to Raheem.
“One of the few positive things about social media now is you have a voice and you can influence people.
“Now it’s not just boys in the dressing room talking about the media targeting Raheem, the general public have now seen it. We hope it changes but it doesn’t affect Raheem in any way, which we are all grateful for.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi also allegedly faced racist abuse while playing against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League.
“I was only reading this morning about what Callum had gone through. It will not be solved overnight.
“There will be one or two further cases in the future before we get to a solution. I wouldn’t like to say I don’t have faith in the authorities to deal with it as that would be worrying but it is sad. I hope Callum has not been affected by it and if ever he needs to talk, I’m here.”
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