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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.

Report: Naming rights for White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge in balance?

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Two London clubs are looking to make bank in the big business of stadium naming rights, but have different takes when it comes to sacrificing history.

Matt Hughes of The Times has the story, claiming that Chelsea has been seeking a name sponsor since 2009 but demands the inclusion of “Stamford Bridge” in the title (Think Mercedes-Benz Superdome).

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But Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy reportedly isn’t worried about sentiment in seeking his big money deal. From The Times:

Tottenham, who have spoken to more than 300 companies about possible partnerships, are taking a more pragmatic approach on the basis that retaining references to White Hart Lane would adversely affect the value of any naming-rights deal.

There’s a way to do it which will gain better acceptance amongst fans, and that’s avoiding what Newcastle United did when club (and naming rights sponsor) owner Mike Ashley renamed St. James Park “SportsDirect.com Arena at St. James Park”.

That story is mentioned in the article briefly, but to recap: Newcastle fans were furious with what they felt was a tight-fisted owner hurting the club’s legacy. Chelsea and Spurs have spent a bit more on players, and will probably be more quickly forgiven.

Also, people are just going to call the venues White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge. So there’s that.

Chelsea move closer to redeveloping Stamford Bridge

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LONDON (AP) Chelsea has overcome the latest hurdle to redeveloping its Stamford Bridge stadium and allowing the Premier League leaders to catch up with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

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Chelsea says in a statement Wednesday that the local authority’s planning committee has given permission for the redevelopment to go ahead.

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The club added: “The committee decision does not mean that work can begin on site. This is just the latest step, although a significant one, that we have to take before we can commence work, including obtaining various other permissions.”

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Chelsea has decided to turn its existing home into a 60,000-seater stadium rather than relocating in west London. That will eventually give Chelsea a similar capacity to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and the new venue for Tottenham being built next to its current White Hart Lane home.

Klopp: If you’re not a ref or reporter, Mourinho “can be a nice guy.”

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If you gave me the option of choosing only one option when it came to watching every Liverpool game or every Jurgen Klopp press conference, I’m not sure I’d choose the former.

Klopp continued his charming run of press conferences to start life as a Premier League manager. While failing to win big games like Saturday’s visit to Stamford Bridge will tarnish that charm at some point, we’re still in the honeymoon phase.

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The German gave a quartet — at an absolute minimum — of fun quotes when asked about Chelsea’s quality, the task at hand, and managing against Jose Mourinho.

We’ll let you choose your favorite:

  1. On the trip to Stamford Bridge: “You think Tottenham was easy? Southampton was not easy. Do Chelsea players still know how to play football? Of course they do.”
  2. On Chelsea’s struggles: “I’m not close enough to Chelsea to know the reasons for their form. We have to respect the quality of Chelsea.”
  3. On Mourinho: “When I was in Germany, Mourinho and I sometimes sent messages. I have respect for his work. He’s a nice guy. If you’re not a journalist or a referee, he can be a nice guy.”
  4. More on Mourinho: “He’s emotional, I’m emotional, but we are professional enough to know after the whistle, normal life starts again. Everything is okay between us, no problem.”

It doesn’t change our opinions and predictions, but here’s an opinion for you: We love this guy.

Cech’s mate: Where will in demand Chelsea goalkeeper Petr land?

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We seem set for a bit of high-level goalkeeper merry-go-round this summer, and one of the cogs could go just about anywhere.

Petr Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and a Chelsea legend. Both of those facts are well-established, as is his status as the No. 2 to young Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

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And while Jose Mourinho would like to keep him as a No. 2, it’s thought that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will placate Cech’s request of only one season as a No. 2.

So where will Cech go?

Massive money aside, it’s hard to imagine, even in today’s money-first football climate, that Cech will be sold to Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal.  Cech’s agent mentioned Arsenal, United and Paris Saint-Germain as attractive options for Cech, but the first two seem far-fetched (even if David De Gea leaves Old Trafford and United fills up its war chest).

Truthfully, it’s hard to see him staying in England.

So which club presents him the chance to keep collecting trophies and winner’s medals? Real Madrid would be a fine landing spot, but the union of a homesick De Gea and the Spanish side makes too much sense.

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So how about PSG? Cech starred at Rennes before switching to Stamford Bridge in 2002, and could set up shop in a nation where the Euro will be staged in 2016. As it stands, the Czechs lead qualifying in Group A. Plus, PSG has made strides towards being a European power. There’s certainly the lure of bringing a second club its first UEFA Champions League crown, and growing a legend as one of the best keepers of all-time.

With PSG also tipped to go after Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and/or Angel Di Maria — and apparently Financial Fair Play sanctions — it would make sense for the club to upgrade at keeper and, with respect to Salvatore Sirigu, Cech would step up their shot-stopping game.