Raheem Sterling: England star's racism comments are just what other black players are thinking says Danny Rose

The 24-year-old drew attention to negative press he and other black footballers have been subject to in December arguing that newspapers help to 'fuel racism'

Ben Burrows
Wednesday 20 March 2019 08:37 GMT
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Danny Rose says the England dressing room were "over the moon" when Raheem Sterling called out the media's coverage of black footballers.

The Manchester City star was allegedly racially abused by a Chelsea supporter at Stamford Bridge back in December before the 24-year-old drew attention to negative press he and other black footballers have been subject to and argued that newspapers help to “fuel racism” with their “aggressive behaviour”.

Rose says he fully supports his teammate's stance.

"Raheem was only saying what we all say in the dressing room," he told the BBC ahead of England's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday night. "It's sad really but he's 100% spot on with what he said.

"The stick he used to get from the media was bang out of order. When he put the [Instagram] post up about the media we were all over the moon with that because we all agree. Fair play to Raheem."

Sterling posted two pictures to his Instagram page, showing Mail Online stories about Manchester City players Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying new houses.

The story about Foden, who is white, has the headline: “Manchester City starlet Phil Foden buys new £2m home for his mum.”

The story about Adarabioyo, who is black, has the headline: “Young Manchester City footballer, 20, on £25,000 a week splashes out on mansion on market for £2.25million despite having never started a Premier League match”.

The Daily Mail say they are now reconsidering how they approach such stories and Tottenham star Rose says he hopes action like Sterling's can continue to be a force for change.

"One of the few positive things about social media now is you have a voice and you can influence people," Rose added.

"Now it's not just boys in the dressing room talking about the media targeting Raheem, the general public have now seen it.

"We hope it changes but it doesn't affect Raheem in any way, which we are all grateful for."

Rose and Sterling are teammates with England
Rose and Sterling are teammates with England (PA Archive/PA Images)

Rose spoke openly on the eve of the 2018 World Cup about his own experience of racist abuse in the game and was forced to confront it again with the news that new teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi was subjected to alleged racial slurs during Chelsea's Europa League tie in Kiev on Thursday.

"I was only reading this morning about what Callum had gone through," he added. "It will not be solved overnight.

"There will be one or two further cases in the future before we get to a solution. I wouldn't like to say I don't have faith in the authorities to deal with it as that would be worrying but it is sad.

"I hope Callum has not been affected by it and if ever he needs to talk, I'm here."

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