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Raheem Sterling named Premier League Player of the Month

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Raheem Sterling has been named Premier League Player of the Month for November.

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Sterling, 24, scored three goals and added three assists as Manchester City won all three of their Premier League games in November. He had more touches in opposition boxes than any other player and was involved in more goals than any other player over the month.

The England winger has been at the center of alleged racist abuse over the past few days, as four Chelsea fans who were seen hurling abuse at Sterling during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday remain under investigation.

On the pitch, Sterling’s development under Pep Guardiola has been clear. This is the second time he’s won the Player of the Month accolade, with the first coming back in August 2016, as Sterling beat his teammates Leroy Sane and David Silva to the award.

The way he sets up chances for his teammates and finishes them off himself has seen him scored nine times and add eight assists in all competitions this season as he is City’s second highest goalscorer. For club and country he is an automatic starter with his pace, trickery and finishing giving defenders all over the world sleepless nights.

Sterling has now been a Premier League player for eight seasons and this year looks like being his best yet.

Chelsea fan denies alleged racist abuse of Sterling

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The Chelsea fan at the center of allegations of racist abuse towards Raheem Sterling has denied he abused the Manchester City and England star.

Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, London, has had his season ticket taken away from him at Chelsea and says he has lost his job after a video of him hurling abuse at the Man City winger on Saturday went viral on social media.

It is claimed that Wing called Sterling a “black c***” but he insists he called Sterling a “Manc c***” in reference to him playing for a club from Manchester.

Wing and three other Chelsea fans who were next to him, who were also shown hurling abuse at Sterling, have had their season tickets taken away and have been suspended by the west London club. Chelsea and the police are continuing their investigations into the alleged racist abuse.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Wing had the following to say as he apologized to Sterling.

“I’m deeply ashamed by my own behavior and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***. I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now,” Wing said.

“Nobody around me said they heard anything. I want to apologize unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it. I offer him an unreserved apology. Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad – but I got carried away. I was completely out of order, but I’ve lost my job and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they wanted. So why can’t they leave me alone?”

After a Tottenham fan was banned for throwing a banana towards Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the north London derby 10 days ago, there is serious concern in the Premier League about a growing number of racist incidents.

Sterling’s statement on the incident and the coverage he receives from newspapers was strong and brave, and we hope that these isolated incidents can once again be eradicated from the game.

English soccer worked incredibly hard to try to stamp out racism at games which was rife throughout the 1970s and 80s. It appears the authorities and clubs need to work even harder to stamp out this kind of incidents in 2018 and beyond.

Klopp: Sterling ‘gave the right response not to react to these people’

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Jurgen Klopp is the latest member of the soccer world to voice his support for, and praise of, Raheem Sterling for his handling of alleged racist abuse from four Chelsea fans over the weekend.

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Sterling’s response in the moment was to laugh in the faces of the four men at Stamford Bridge, but the 24-year-old has since taken the opportunity to shine a brighter light on the racism experienced by so many in not only the soccer world, but society as a whole, to this day.

Klopp says he is “obviously not surprised that these things still happen” after a number of high-profile incidents of racism occurring in recent years, but the Liverpool manager commended Sterling for handling the moment with such courage and dignity. “He gave the right response not to react to these people,” Klopp said — quotes from the Guardian:

“I thought his reaction was just brilliant. You saw his face. He gave the right response not to react to these people.

“I am obviously not surprised that these things still happen and they will not stop only because we talk about them, but I like the fact we put the finger on it and say you cannot say what you want. We had similar situations in Germany and other countries, Italy with [Kevin-Prince] Boateng when he stopped the game because of the things people shouted from the stands.

“There need to be punishments for things like this. As long as people are silly enough to do this, they need to be punished for it, that’s how it is.”

Chelsea banned on Monday the four fans accused of racially abusing Sterling.

Sterling responds to racial abuse with profound social media post

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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has spoken out about the racist abuse he reportedly suffered at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, taking to Instagram to point out his feelings as to why abuse is prevalent in the sport today.

Cameras caught a fan screaming at Sterling on the touchline using racist language to heckle the City winger as he took a throw-in. Police have announced they are investigating the incident.

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Sterling spoke out on his Instagram page, saying media coverage that differs for blacks and whites fuels the racism he faces during matches today. He posted screenshots of two Daily Mail articles covering stories of his young Manchester City teammates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses for their parents with newfound riches, and points out the differences in the tone of the headlines.

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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.

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“You have two young players starting out there [sic] careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing,” Sterling writes, “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 player.”

Sterling says this “helps fuel racism and aggressive behavior,” and pleads with the papers to keep a closer eye on their wording and coverage to promote equality.

The 24-year-old has himself often been at the center of similar headline controversies, including earlier this summer before the World Cup when he was criticized for having a gun tattoo on his leg, which he explained was to honor his father killed by gun violence in Jamaica. Sterling has also been criticized by catchy newspaper headlines for things like proposing to his girlfriend and having a flashy car.

Police investigating whether Chelsea fan racially abused Sterling

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LONDON (AP) Police are investigating whether Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a Chelsea fan during Saturday’s Premier League game.

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The incident happened in the first half at Stamford Bridge as Sterling went to retrieve the ball.

The Metropolitan Police says it is “aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player.”

In a statement, the force says “we will review the footage to determine whether any offenses have been committed.”

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Chelsea has been at the forefront of anti-racism campaigns.

The club says “we will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”

Chelsea won 2-0.