Sterling calls for stiffer punishments to combat racism

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says boycotting social media and wearing T-shirts is not enough to combat racism and there must be harder punishments.

Sterling, 24, was speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival in New York – few days after winning the FA Cup to complete a historic domestic treble.

“Teams getting points deductions, getting kicked out… this is when people start taking it seriously,” said Sterling.

The England striker, who scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, has been praised for his readiness to speak out on the issue.

After Chelsea fans racially abused him in December 2018, Sterling used Instagram to criticise the media for the way they report on black players.

Asked if football bosses in England had approached him after he spoke out, Sterling said: “After the situation at Chelsea they came to me with an idea, but I did not agree with it.

“It was a social media blackout. I said I simply don’t agree with what you want to put out – it is a social media post that will happen for one day. In two days’ time it will all be forgotten about.”

In April, the Professional Footballers’ Association launched the #Enough campaign, with footballers in England and Wales boycotting social media for 24 hours to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.

Montenegro were ordered by Uefa to play their next home match behind closed doors for the racist abuse of England player and fined 20,000 euros (£17,253) for other offences.

England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose has criticised punishments for racism, saying the fines are the same as what he spends on a night out.

Sterling continued: “If I go to a football game and I … Read More...