Nedum Onuoha: Maybe England doesn’t like Raheem Sterling because of his background…

Raheem Sterling has made headlines over the past 24 hours after he showed off a new tattoo of a gun on his right leg, drawing criticism from some and leading to a controversial front page of The Sun newspaper.

Pundits and journalists have jumped to Raheem’s defence today, particularly after he explained the backstory behind his tattoo – related to his father’s death.

Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha suggested on BBC Radio 5 live that Raheem’s background and where he is from may be linked to the disproportionate levels of criticism and abuse he receives.

“Maybe it’s his background, maybe it’s that people don’t want to accept that someone from where he is in London or where he was in Jamaica or something,” said Onuoha. “Maybe they just don’t relate to him, they don’t feel the same way.

“Maybe it’s just Sterling doesn’t represent what the majority of the country looks like, feels like, and wants to be like.

“Maybe that’s why the media wants to sell that image of him being a bad guy to the masses, because that’s how they perceive him anyway, that’s how they want to perceive him – which I think is a massive problem.”

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