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Raheem Sterling says he didn’t think twice about joining Chelsea despite racist incident in 2018

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Raheem Sterling says he didn’t suppose twice about becoming a member of Chelsea this season regardless of receiving racist abuse at Stamford Bridge beforehand in his profession.

Chelsea banned a fan for all times from its stadium following an incident throughout an English Premier League match in December 2018.

The person was discovered to have used “racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive conduct” towards Sterling whereas he was taking part in for Manchester Metropolis, the membership stated.

5 different followers have been additionally banned for between one and two years for “abusive language and threatening and aggressive conduct.”

Nonetheless, Sterling says the expertise “wasn’t one thing that performed on my thoughts in any respect” when deciding on his new membership.

“I can’t let an incident from people change my notion of the membership,” Sterling instructed reporters forward of Chelsea’s match towards Tottenham on Sunday, per Reuters.

“I’ve no hatred or malice in direction of the person,” Sterling added when requested if he can be keen to satisfy the person banned for all times. “That’s one thing that I may do proper right here, proper now, or tomorrow. That’s not a problem.”

Sterling accomplished his transfer to Chelsea from Manchester Metropolis this summer season having gained 4 league titles on the Etihad.

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Whereas excelling on the pitch, the 27-year-old has tried to make use of his platform to assist fight racism and says his potential to assist others in society is his “true function” away from soccer.

Following the racist incident in 2018, Sterling uploaded a submit on social media highlighting the distinction in the way in which the media speaks about younger black gamers and white gamers.

He argued that the media performs a job in perpetuating racial prejudices in society, and he has since develop into one thing of an unofficial spokesman for his era of gamers on the difficulty of equality.

“After all, soccer is my major objective and my major expertise, but it surely’s the opposite factor that offers me essentially the most pleasure, that’s serving to individuals,” he added.

“I’ve moved away from the racial aspect of it and am targeted extra on serving to and nurturing younger Black individuals.”

Sterling says a scarcity of taking part in time at Manchester Metropolis prompted his transfer to the London membership and says he’s excited by the chance.

Chelsea gained its opening recreation of the season towards Everton 1-0 however now faces a a lot sterner check towards Tottenham on the weekend.