Man City supporter banned five years for Sterling slur
A Manchester City supporter will not attend matches for five years after racially abusing Raheem Sterling.
The fan admitted that he used a slur in celebrating a Sterling goal against Bournemouth last season.
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According to The Manchester Evening News, Sterling did not hear the slur but fans around the man did and alerted authorities.
The fan, 58-year-old Ian Baldry, immediately regretted his words according to his lawyer, who remarkably claimed Sterling is one of Baldry’s favorite players.
The news comes one day after a Sicilian man was banned from all sporting events for five years after racially abusing Mario Balotelli in the fall.
Football has seen a wide variety of racial abuse incidents this season.
- A Burnley fan was investigated for alleged abuse of Spurs’ Heung-min Son.
- A Man City fan was caught abusing Manchester United mid Fred.
- Paul Pogba was abused by his own club’s fans after missing a penalty kick.
- Lazio fans chanted racial abuse at Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko.
These increasing hateful incidents have inspired many to speak out, and led Pogba made and distributed his own anti-racism bracelets.