England midfielder Raheem Sterling described the problem of racism in football as "deep" and "far from settled" in a manifesto published today by the British daily The Times.
"It seems incredible to me that in 2019 there is a need to write an editorial in a newspaper that calls for radical changes in the sport I love. But I do it because the problem of racism in football is serious, deep and far from settled, "Sterling wrote in the manifesto that was signed by soccer greats and political figures.
The 24-year-old, who has become a prominent figure in the fight against racism, has named several racist episodes staged in football stadiums in recent months, such as the insults he has been targeting in the game between Chelsea and Manchester City, the club they line up for, and the treatment that Juventus player Moise Kean has received in Italy.
"However, this is the tip of the iceberg and racist players, supporters and coaches are appearing around the world. Every day, from the fields in the parks to the Champions League. The people who run the sport are far from doing enough to solve the problem, "added Sterling, of Jamaican origin, who asks that nine points be removed to the clubs in games of the championship in the case of racist insults.
Sterling has 222 appearances in the English league, totaling to date a total of 66 goals with the Manchester City jersey. In this season, in the Champions League, competition of which the club has already been eliminated, scored five goals in 10 games.