Despite the collective progress we have made as a human race, it has been difficult to get over a few ill habits. Racism is one such habit and it is quite prominent in most parts of England.
Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling has been at the receiving end of this racism for quite a long time. However, instead of being affected by these racial comments and abuse, Raheem has been strong and has risen above it.
The PFA player of the year nominee spearheaded a campaign against racism – #enough and was cordially supported by most teams in the premier league.
The Integrity and Impact Award founded by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence was awarded to the footballer in recognition of his use of social media to talk about varied issues, mainly highlighting the racial abuse received by the forward.
It was the Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Montenegro when Sterling and the entire England squad were victims to a string of racist comments.
In a brave move, Sterling has also asked to set a rule of points deductions for the clubs whose fans are indulging in racist chants and comments against other players or teams.
After Rachal Denhollander, Raheem Sterling is only the second recipient of the international award. Rachael was the first survivor to speak out against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
On winning the award, Raheem was interviewed by Alex Scott:
“When the next generation come through, you have to set the example. Coming through at Liverpool I had people around me like Steven Gerrard I looked up to. Looking at him I thought what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was. You take little things and each year, try and develop not just on the field but off it.”
Raheem Sterling was included in the PFA Team of the Year, however, he missed out on the PFA Player of the Year as Liverpool’s Van Dijk is set to receive it for his stellar performance.