The identity of the Chelsea fan who allegedly racially abused Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been revealed.
Colin Wing, 60, has come forward to protest his innocence and claims he did not call the England international a ‘black c**t’, although he did admit to verbally abusing the footballer.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. ‘But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.’
He added he had lost his job and season ticket after being identified and he should now be left alone because everyone had ‘got what they wanted’.
But Sterling, 24, said he did hear racial abuse and has since spoken to police about the incident.
Chelsea have said they will issue severe sanctions if it is proved some of their fans racially abused Sterling during Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
The London club, who have suspended four fans while investigations into alleged racist abuse towards Sterling are continuing, have also said they will support any criminal prosecutions.
Television footage showed a group of home supporters screaming abuse – alleged to be racist in nature – at Sterling as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal.
A statement published on Chelsea’s official website read: ‘Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City. ‘Our investigations into this matter are ongoing.
We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them. ‘Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.’
Manchester City issued a reactive statement welcoming Chelsea’s announcement and confirmed they and Sterling were helping with police inquiries.
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident, while the Football Association has said it will work with the clubs and other authorities to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately. Officers have spoken to Mr Wing twice but have not yet charged him.
Sterling criticised football media in general for the way it reported on black footballers following the incident on weekend.
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