The Sterling problem

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The Sterling problem

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Harry Kettle

While it’s always easy to get sucked into the media spotlight courtesy of extravagant news stories, we tend to try and stay away from any controversial topics. That’s not because we don’t find them interesting or don’t to delve into them, but more because there’s just no upside. In reality, so many people are commenting on these issues from neutral fans to pundits to media members – and you have to look at yourself and question what value you can add to the situation.

For this instance, however, we’re going to go ahead and enforce our free speech card so that we’re able to speak freely on this topic. You see, a certain famous Arsenal fan took it upon himself the other day to run down Raheem Sterling on social media. Why? In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s because Raheem recently got a tattoo of a gun on his leg. Obviously, given the circumstances which he has now explained, it makes all the sense in the world.

However, people like the aforementioned Arsenal fan seem to refuse to accept that. There’s a certain level of hypocrisy in this sport that we can handle, but when it comes to trying to tear down someone’s free speech, it’s simply unacceptable. If we’re going by the logic that anything related to a gun is offensive, then perhaps we need to look into changing Arsenal’s entire badge?

After all, they’re called ‘Arsenal’ which literally means a body of weapons, their nickname is the Gunners, and they have guns presented on their club crest. Surely, if we’re going to go to the extreme of tearing down one of our best players ahead of the World Cup, we need to enforce the same kind of rules at the Emirates too?

This witch hunt that seems to be going on is arguably the most disgusting thing we’ve seen this year in the world of football, and unfortunately, that’s saying something. Instead of focusing on getting behind the England squad as they prepare to fly out to Russia, the tabloids are spending their time distracting one of our most promising talents.

We won’t name the man involved, but he knows who he is. If, by chance, he’s reading this: know that you’re a disgrace to the game and this club.

What are your thoughts on the Sterling situation?

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