Manchester City winger and England International Raheem Sterling is currently preparing for the World Cup which begins on the 14th June. On Monday, The Sun ran a story which claimed anti-gun campaigners were calling for Sterling to be dropped from England’s World Cup squad due to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle on his right leg.
Sterling,23, had to take a break from his preparation to issue a response explaining the inspiration behind the idea of the tattoo: “When I was two my father died from being gunned down to death. I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun again in my lifetime. I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning and still unfinished.”
Not that it needed a response from Sterling, but the inspiration behind the tattoo is obvious. So why do media outlets feel the need to belittle the players that will be representing our country in just under a fortnights time?The backlash from the media after England were surprisingly knocked out to Iceland in the round of 16 of Euro 2016 was brutal, so shouldn’t we be showing as much support for the team as possible in a hope that history isn’t repeated? Or do we continue knocking the confidence of a squad which must already feel the pressure they are being put under from their home nation.
The original article by The Sun has received backlash as football fans have united to support the Jamaican born star as he looks to help England win their first World Cup since Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in 1966.
As well as football fans across the globe, many fellow pros have come to the defence of Sterling with teammate Fernandinho stating: “I don’t know why the people treat him like that.”
Before adding:”He’s a lovely guy and he never gives up. Even with a lot of criticism about him and his football.”
BBC presenters Gary Lineker and Dan Walker also came to the aid of Sterling before the latter got involved in a heated debate with Piers Morgan on the use of guns which involved Arsenals crest.
He’s a terrific footballer with a brilliant work ethic. This persecution is disgusting. https://t.co/bx3JArBt1L
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 28, 2018
This isn’t the first time The Sun have written a negative article on the 23-year-old, as they have criticised the Manchester City man over a dozen times in pieces which include Sterling choosing to shop at Primark as well as claiming his fiancee is a ‘long suffering girlfriend’.
This personal vendetta against Sterling is out of order as you never see a media outlet advertise all the good he has done, which include, donating to the victims of Grenfell as well as becoming an ambassador for a police charity to stop youngsters turning to crime.
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