Man City Stars Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker racially abused on Instagram after
Champions League final defeat
A number of monkey emojis were posted on both players’ Instagram profiles following
the final whistle at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday evening.
NSL Leanrt Facebook, which owns Instagram, has been contacted for a response to the abuse.
Sterling has been subjected to online abuse on several occasions, including earlier in
May following City’s Champions League semi-final win over Paris Saint-Germain.
That incident came just two days after the sporting community engaged in a weekend-
long social media boycott where broadcasters, clubs, teams, and players came off their
platforms in protest over rising levels of discrimination.
Sterling, 26, and Walker, 31, both started for Man City in the Champions League final
on Saturday night.
But both were subjected to racist messages online after Chelsea’s win thanks to Kai
It comes just days after England team-mate Marcus Rashford suffered racist abuse after
a European loss.
Rashford received ‘at least 70’ racist messages online after Manchester United’s defeat
by Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Rashford outed a racist teacher who sent a “mountain of monkey emojis” to his
The ace, abused in a private message, replied on the troll’s public profile: “Is this
something you are teaching children?”
Rashford, 23, tweeted that he was racially targeted after the loss, including by a school teacher.
He posted: “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far.
“For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying.
“I’m more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in
my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile.
“He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence