There is something extremely wicked in the society we reside in. We talk about it, we try finding an aid to it, but we do nothing about it. And the end result remains nix. It’s harsh but an acidic truth, to say the least. Football, in particular, has been a constant target of ill-treatment, with racism being the epitome of every mishap.
Issues like racial abuse still exist on our globe and irony lies in the fact that people who ‘feel the pain’ and talk about it the most on social media are mostly white. Again, a harsh reality. Footballers, namely Kevin Prince Boateng, Mario Balotelli, Dani Alves and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, have time and again been the casualties of such incidents but it is their reaction which has made them stronger every time.
They say decisions taken in anger never result in fruitful assets. They rather become a lifetime liability; and when you feel it, you realise it’s a truth of life. A certain Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling knew what he had to do when he came in the midst of such disheartening incident during his side’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was indeed the first defeat of the season for Guardiola’s side, but that remained a mere skimpy incident overshadowed by the racial abuse targeted towards Sterling. The forward, on his part, walked off with a contented smile on his face and that not only defined his character but also highlighted his modest upbringing.
“Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better,” said Sterling through an Instagram post.
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
Like many other footballers, Raheem Sterling has come from a difficult childhood, as the first catastrophe he had to deal with in his life was when he was just two years of age. His father was murdered and his mother had to leave him and his sister back in Jamaica to get a degree in England so the family could live a better life.
Sterling’s first taste of football was rather rational, to say the least. Writing his journey in the Player’s Tribune earlier this year, the forward remembered, “I remember when it used to rain, all the kids would run outside and play football in the puddles, just splashing around, having the best time. That’s the image that flashes in my mind when I think about the atmosphere of Jamaica.”
A young Sterling had no idea what his mum was doing in England but got a glimpse when he arrived in the country to be with her at the tender age of five. As it turns out, his mother was working as a cleaner to earn some extra bucks. “I’ll never forget waking up at five in the morning before school and helping her clean the toilets at the hotel in Stonebridge. I’d be arguing with my sister, like, “No! No! You got the toilets this time. I got the bed sheets.”
If you had seen Tom Cruise’s Vanilla Sky, you might remember Penelope Cruz saying, “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” And this was it for Raheem. Playing in a Sunday League team, Raheem’s talent was spotted when he was just 10. “Fulham wanted me. Arsenal wanted me,” wrote Sterling.
To say it is all his efforts that have made him what he is today would be an utter understatement. His mother was his constant inspiration and when you realise whatever he has done was for his mother, you are obvious to have a soft spot for the footballer.
His reputation, however, has grown by leaps and bounds. Rather than portraying what he is doing on the field, the major chunk of headline is covering his antics off it. But when you realise the hardship he has been through at the tender age, nothing really matters.“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.
“If people want to write about my mum’s bathroom in her house, all I have to tell you is that 15 years ago, we were cleaning toilets in Stonebridge and getting breakfast out of the vending machine. If anybody deserves to be happy, it’s my mum.”