Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has said that some racist comentators in the media want to drag down Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, saying he receives criticism motivated by racism, Skysports reports.
Sterling celebrated his goal against Arsenal on Sunday with a gesture he later revealed was aimed at silencing his critics following his lack of goals for England at the World Cup.
Recall also the media fuzz over a tattoo of a rifle on the leg of the 23-year-old player just before the world cup.
“How many people do you see get the criticism Sterling gets?” Wright asked.
“The football criticism is something every player has to deal with, but what he gets I don’t see any other footballer getting,” Wright added on BBC Radio 5 live.
“They don’t get that stick because for whatever reason they don’t rub up the people in the corridors of power the wrong way. I think there is an agenda against him.
“There is an element of people at the high end of the media who want to keep that guy down. Simple.
“When you look at the wave of criticism that he takes, there is a certain amount of racism towards it – what else can it be?
“They are picking on him because of the background he has come from and they want to keep him down, drag him back down. They don’t want him to continue to be a success.
“People say you are playing the racism card, but you give me a good reason why Raheem Sterling gets the stick he gets for just being a footballer.”
Writing in The Player’s Tribune in July, Sterling had said some sections of the media “want to steal your joy”.
“There’s a perception in certain parts of the media that I love ‘bling.’ I love diamonds. I love to show off. I really don’t understand where that comes from.
“Especially when I bought my mum a house, it was unbelievable what some people were writing. I think it’s really sad that people do that. They hate what they don’t even know,” he wrote.