Sterling sends a message to racists

Sterling sends a message to racists
Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has demanded harsher punishments for racist fans after team-mate Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse during England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro.

Sterling was among the goalscorers for the Three Lions as the visitors rallied from a goal down in the first half to come away with a comfortable win in their Euro 2020 qualification match.

However, the match was marred by Rose becoming the victim of racist chants by the home crowd after receiving a yellow card.

Callum Hudson-Odoi confirmed he and Rose heard monkey chants, while England head coach Gareth Southgate also said he heard the abuse toward Rose himself and promised an official report will be made.

Sterling posted a message to Twitter with a picture of himself celebrating and adding: “Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists).”

The tweet fueled speculation that Sterling might have been subject to abuse.

The England winger said he was not a victim, but said he wanted to send a clear message to racists that he and his team-mates would not be intimidated by their behaviour.

“I didn't hear it personally but Danny made it clear that's what they were doing,” Sterling said of the racist abuse. “I just wanted to show them that you're going to need more than that to upset us and stop us because we know what skin colour we are. It's not like you're telling us anything new.”