Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes perception of Raheem Sterling being a 'young, flash, black kid' is 'utter nonsense'December 10, 2018
The 24-year-old was racially abused by Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge on Saturday during the first half of Manchester City's 2-0 defeat.
The Blues have since suspended four supporters over the incident, where footage appeared to show an individual calling the England international a "f****** black c***".
Sterling spoke out over the 'racist attack' yesterday, where he commented how he expects no better from rival fans, and had to laugh it off.
Carragher – who spent two seasons at Anfield with Sterling – believes the ex-QPR youth star has been forced to carry a negative perception since he swapped Merseyside for Manchester.
Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show, he said: "What is the perception of Raheem in this country for the majority? Its of a young, flash black kid from London.
"A lot of it comes from when he moved on from Liverpool, the perception being that he is more interested in cars, jewellery and nightclubs than football.
"Anyone reading that, I can assure you that it is utter nonsense and garbage. Raheem is a mouse. I cant even remember speaking to him he was so quiet.
"He got on with training. He was not loud or late or on nights out and very humble and trained well. Liverpool and other clubs are seen as the establishment, then Chelsea came in and City now are seen as the new kids on the block with money."
He added: "He's never shaken off this tag of being more interested in money and flashness and the fact that his life is out there.
"Houses, cars, that is the story around. It has racial undertones no doubt. That is the debate now. Is it racial? People are arguing for and against. There are undertones."
Alan Shearer claimed the abuse hurled towards Sterling was "disgraceful, disgusting and pathetic" as he slammed the "ignorant pigs".
Sterling has been in brilliant form for the Citizens this season, chalking up nine goals and eight assists in 19 games in all competitions.
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