Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has suffered criticism from the press earlier this week after an article was published displaying a tattoo on his right leg.
On Tuesday, The Sun published an article of Sterling training with England but focused on the new tattoo he had of an M-16 Assault Rifle on his leg.
Members of the press and those on social media were quick to criticise the player, demanding that he should be taken out of the England squad a few weeks away from the World Cup.
This is due to the fact that in recent years, gun violence in the US has killed innocent people with the last School Shooting happening only two weeks ago.
Many anti-gun campaigners believed Sterling was supporting the use of arms with the tattoo, however this wasn’t the case as he cleared things up on social media.
In an Instagram post on his story, Sterling explained that the tattoo had a ‘deeper meaning’ and that he sports the tattoo in memory of his father who was shot to death when Raheem was only two-years-old.
“I made a promise to myself that I would ever touch a gun in my lifetime,” he wrote on Instagram. “I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning N still unfinished”.
After clearing up any misconception, many fans came back in support of Raheem Sterling including the Football Association.
In a statement released by the FA after the post, a spokesperson said that the organisation fully supports the England player in his decision.
“We all support Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave.
“He and the rest of the squad are focused solely on preparing for the forthcoming World Cup.”
England legend and BBC pundit Gary Lineker has also come out in support of Sterling and labeled the Sun’s treatment of the player as ‘disgusting’.
This situation proves that the media needs to get full information before publishing anything out for the rest of the World to see.
With the World Cup only two weeks away, Sterling seems to be one of our strongest players upfront.
We should be supporting the 23-year-old instead of criticising him.