Last weekend we saw EPL taking a new turn as the unbeaten Manchester City got thrashed by Chelsea for 2 goals to 0 at Stamford Bridge. Post-match, it wasn’t just Manchester City losing their first match in the season that got the media attention but something else too did. As a matter of fact, something which is a bit more serious of an issue.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling reportedly got racially abused by some Chelsea fans. Chelsea had earlier suspended four fans who allegedly made the City number 7, the target of their verbal racial attacks.
Meanwhile, a man named Colin Wing (60) has been identified to have passed such comments on Sterling as well. He is accussed of calling Sterling black c*nt. However, Wing says he did not call Sterling that but he called him ManC c*nt.
“I’m deeply ashamed of my own behaviour and I feel really bad. ‘But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***”, said Colin WIng in a statement. He added he had lost his job and season ticket after being identified.
Police spoke with the 24-year-old footballer and he admits he heard racial abuse from the home fans.
A statement published on Chelsea’s official website read:
Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City. Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them. Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.
It is shameful that this happens despite footballers spreading the ‘Say No To Racism Message’. It is a game of love and respect and not hate.