Chelsea banned a fan for all times from its stadium following an incident throughout an English Premier League match in December 2018.
The person was discovered to have used “racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior” towards Sterling whereas he was enjoying for Manchester Metropolis, the membership stated.
5 different followers had been additionally banned for between one and two years for “abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior.”
Nonetheless, Sterling says the expertise “wasn’t something that played on my mind at all” when deciding on his new membership.
“I can’t let an incident from individuals change my perception of the club,” Sterling instructed reporters forward of Chelsea’s match in opposition to Tottenham on Sunday, per Reuters.
“I have no hatred or malice towards the individual,” Sterling added when requested if he can be keen to satisfy the person banned for all times. “That’s something that I could do right here, right now, or tomorrow. That’s not an issue.”
Sterling accomplished his transfer to Chelsea from Manchester Metropolis this summer time having received 4 league titles on the Etihad.
Whereas excelling on the pitch, the 27-year-old has tried to make use of his platform to assist fight racism and says his capability to assist others in society is his “true purpose” away from soccer.
Following the racist incident in 2018, Sterling uploaded a put up on social media highlighting the distinction in the best way the media speaks about younger black gamers and white gamers.
He argued that the media performs a task in perpetuating racial prejudices in society, and he has since develop into one thing of an unofficial spokesman for his era of gamers on the problem of equality.
“Of course, football is my main goal and my main talent, but it’s the other thing that gives me the most joy, that’s helping people,” he added.
“I’ve moved away from the racial side of it and am focused more on helping and nurturing young Black people.”
Sterling says a scarcity of enjoying time at Manchester Metropolis prompted his transfer to the London membership and says he is excited by the chance.
Chelsea received its opening recreation of the season in opposition to Everton 1-0 however now faces a a lot sterner take a look at in opposition to Tottenham on the weekend.