Chelsea defeated Manchester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but an ugly scene happened in that game as television footage showed a group of home supporters screaming abuse at Sterling as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal.
Images show Sterling on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse from a group of Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding End as he went to collect the ball, and there are claims that the abuse was racial.
Four Chelsea fans have been suspended from Stamford Bridge, and the club are assisting police in their investigation of the incident, with one supporter appearing to call Sterling a ‘f***ing black c***’ in the first half of the match.
Colin Wing, 60, has been identified as one of the fans who abused Sterling, and the Chelsea fan has come forward to protest his innocence and claim he did not call the City forward a ‘black c**t’.
He has admitted that he verbally abused Sterling, but that it wasn’t racial.
He also revealed that he has lost his job because of this. He told the Daily Mail: “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad.
“But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.”
Chelsea have released a statement that’s against the actions of the fans and the club are willing to fully investigate the matter.
A statement from Chelsea said: “Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday.
“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”