Racism is everywhere, says Manchester City boss
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says “racism is everywhere” following the alleged racial abuse of his forward Raheem Sterling in a game at Chelsea.
A police investigation is under way into an incident involving Sterling during City’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“Racism is everywhere, it’s not just in football,” said Guardiola yesterday.
“We have to fight to make a better future for everyone, not just in England but everywhere.”
Chelsea say they are “fully supporting” an ongoing police investigation.
The Premier League club have suspended four people from attending matches while the investigation takes place.
Colin Wing, 60, has said he is one of the fans who has been suspended but told the Daily Mail that, although he swore, he used the word ‘Manc’ rather than ‘black’.
“I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour,” he said. “I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it.”
A Chelsea statement said evidence of racist behaviour will result in “severe sanctions, including bans”.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent,” the statement continued, adding that the club “will also fully support any criminal prosecutions”.
Guardiola added: “I appreciate what Chelsea did and if it happened in my club we would do the same.”
Social media users posted a video of an incident during which Sterling was shouted at as he collected the ball from behind the goal.
England international Sterling, 24, said he “had to laugh” when he heard the remarks because he expects “no better”.
After Saturday’s match, Sterling put out a statement on Instagram in which he questioned the way the media portrays black players, prompting a debate between stakeholders in the game.