Kick It Out statement after man jailed for racially aggravated common assault on Raheem Sterling
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has released the following statement after a man was jailed yesterday (20 December) for a racially aggravated common assault on Manchester City player Raheem Sterling, prior to their Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.
The statement reads:
“Kick It Out welcomes the actions taken by Manchester Police in responding quickly and effectively to the disgraceful racist attack suffered by Raheem Sterling on Saturday 16 December, with just four days between the assault taking place and the offender being sentenced to jail.
“As soon as Kick It Out, in its role as an independent reporting bureau, was informed of the attack, the organisation contacted the club, the player and Manchester Police to offer its support and will continue to do so in response to any similar report it receives.
“Kick It Out abhors any verbal or physical assaults of a racist or discriminatory nature. This incident has further demonstrated that individuals such as the offender in question are not welcome in football and will be punished for their actions.
“The organisation continues to work closely with the football authorities, the Police, club stewards and relevant staff to achieve justice for victims of discrimination.
“However, for football to become a truly inclusive environment for all, it is essential that any incident of discrimination in the game is reported, so it can be investigated thoroughly and the appropriate actions taken by the relevant body.
“If you witness or suffer any discrimination in football, Kick It Out encourages you to report it via the following methods:
- Downloading the Kick It Out reporting app on the App Store or Google Play.
- Call Kick It Out’s freephone number (0800 169 9414).
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use Kick It Out’s online reporting form.
“Anyone reporting an incident of discrimination is able to remain anonymous.”