Manchester Metropolis star Raheem Sterling despatched a letter to a 13-year-old goalkeeper after listening to he had been racially abused, advising him to “stand tall and be happy with who you might be”.
Sterling himself was the topic of alleged racist abuse from Chelsea followers in a Premier League match in December.
He wrote the letter on membership headed paper when knowledgeable by Ethan Ross’s grandmother he had been “by a tricky time with racial abuse”.
Ross, a goalkeeper with the U14 crew at fourth-tier Newport County, had been racially abused at his college.
“Expensive Ethan, I’ve just lately been instructed out of your loving Nanna Sue in regards to the powerful time you might be having with racial abuse,” wrote Sterling, who additionally enclosed signed pictures of the Manchester Metropolis squad.
“Keep in mind to face tall and be happy with who you might be and don’t allow them to take away your braveness. You’re sturdy and really courageous, and your Nanna can also be very happy with you. Hold being you child. Keep in mind talking up doesn’t all the time make life simple, however simple by no means modified something,” he wrote.
Ross took to Instagram when he acquired the letter on Saturday.
“OMG simply acquired this within the put up from Raheem Sterling! Signed by all of the Man Metropolis gamers. Thanks a lot Raheem Sterling for the help,” Ross wrote on Instagram.
His grandmother, who didn’t want to give her full title, instructed The Occasions that Sterling’s gesture had achieved wonders for Ross’s morale.
“After I took the bundle over to him it’s best to have seen the look on his face — he was overwhelmed. There’s nothing I may say to Raheem to thank him sufficient as a result of it has actually boosted Ethan’s confidence. I can hear it in his voice. He has proven the letter to his associates and it has simply gone completely mad,” mentioned the 62-year-old.
Ross’s grandmother mentioned she had written to Sterling when she learn in regards to the alleged racist abuse incident at Stamford Bridge which led to Chelsea banning 4 supporters pending additional investigations.
The grandmother mentioned she hoped the letter from Sterling — who was born in Jamaica however got here to England aged 5 together with his mom after his father was gunned down — had been learn by others and would serve to do some good.
Regardless of the abuse, Ross confirmed the identical steeliness 24-year-old Sterling — capped 47 instances by England — has achieved on the pitch.
“In any case he has been by final 12 months, Ethan’s grades nonetheless went up — so we’re immensely happy with him,” his grandmother mentioned.