Raheem Sterling responds on Instagram to alleged racial abuse from Chelsea fan

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester Britain on Oct 23 2016

Police are reviewing footage that circulated widely online during Chelsea's 2-0 win over City on Saturday, showing a man aggressively hurling abuse at Sterling as the player retrieved the ball off the field.

The Professional Footballers' Association was critical of media's portrayal of Sterling, saying the England worldwide and former Liverpool player was often singled out. "We will investigate the matter fully and will take the strongest possible action where necessary".

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police have said they are investigating the incident. He has also classily offered his support to Sterling.

The 24-year-old also highlighted contrasting coverage of white and black footballers in the United Kingdom media, "which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour", opening up a wider debate.

The man is alleged to have called Sterling a "f****** black c***" from the Stamford Bridge terraces during Chelsea's Premier League victory against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Manchester City coach said he wasn't sure if all of the abuse Sterling suffers was because of his color and said he hoped the only criticism he received was when "he plays badly".

In a heartfelt post written on Instagram, Sterling said he "just had to laugh" at the events of Saturday before urging newspapers to treat both black and white players equally.

When Tosin Adarabioyo, who is black, purchased a house for his mother in January it was described as a "mansion", with the Daily Mail adding that he had "never started a Premier League match".

When asked if Sterling faces a harsh treatment from the media, Guardiola said: "You expect it (negativity) when he's played bad, but just for the colour of his skin? No". I prefer to leave him and let him deal with it mentally himself.

Campaigners and groups that represent players also backed the fEngland striker such as The Professional Footballers' Association, Kickitout and The Football Blacklist. Sterling, felt, according to Neville, that the abuse toward him was "vicious" and that he was being "targeted".

"If the person, or the group that were abusing him are identified then they should be banned from our club for life", he told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"Even if it wasn't racist, it's not right what I said".

"There was a time when I tried to hold stuff back but I know now that there is a 15-year-old boy just like Raheem, or a girl just like Raheem, that will go through these things and hopefully hearing these things from me and not keeping it to myself will help".

"With all the governing bodies highlighting and making people aware, for it to be still going on today highlights the ongoing work we have to all come together and abolish it once for all".

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