Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Football Body Stands Behind Raheem over Press Call

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Football Body Stands Behind Raheem over Press Call

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THE Professional Footballers Association has thrown its weight behind Raheem Sterling and called for more balanced press coverage of young black footballers.

The PFA, which represents all footballers in the country, has condemned the allegedly racist abuse hurled at Sterling during City's defeat at Chelsea on Saturday. The statement also referred to an incident in the north London derby when a banana skin was thrown at Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It said: "The PFA condemn, in the strongest terms, the increase in racial abuse our members have been receiving from the terraces.

"We encourage all clubs to take the strongest possible action for fans found guilty of racially abusing players.

"Over the past two weeks, we have seen two alleged high-profile racist incidents happen from the stands at Premier League games. …

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