Raheem Sterling sends letter to young fan after racial abuse
By Tommaso Fiore
Last Updated: 10/01/19 6:35pm
Raheem Sterling wrote a letter to a young fan offering support and solidarity after he was racially abused.
Manchester City supporter Ethan Ross received a letter from the England international after his grandmother got in touch with him, revealing his grandson had been having a "tough time".
In the letter, Sterling said to "stand tall and be proud of you are" and attached a signed picture of himself.
"Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse," wrote Sterling.
"Remember to stand tall and be proud of who you are and don't let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave, and your Nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid.
"Remember speaking up doesn't always make life easy, but easy never changed anything."
This strapline was used by American sportswear company Nike, who made Sterling the face of a new advert in reaction to an incident in December where Sterling was the victim of alleged racist abuse during Manchester City's match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The incident prompted him to issue a statement on his Instagram account about racism and the cultural atmosphere that facilitates it.
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
The England star accused some newspapers of "fuelling racism" and double standards over its treatment of young black players compared to their white colleagues.
"I just want to say, I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point heard I will speak up," Sterling said.
"For all the newspapers that don't understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."