- Raheem Sterling wants fellow football stars to do more and fight against racism in football
- The Man City was recently abused by fans while in action for England during last month's FIFA international break
- Sterling has been impressive for his Premier League side, scoring 15 goals in 28 EPL matches this term
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has urged his fellow footballers to speak up against any form of racism in football, and sports in general.
The 24-year-old has received loads of commendation for publicly fighting against racial abuse and all relative vices in sports.
He was also one of the very first of football stars who raised their voice against the ill-treatment meted at Juventus teenage sensation, Moise Kaen during their 2-1 win over Cagliary.
Skysport however reports that the England star was recently named Sportsman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards last week.
He said: "I don't think I'm trying to make a difference, or making a difference. It's about speaking about what you have experienced and some people have probably shied away from that.
"I'm a person, when I feel that something is not quite right, I want to speak about it and people to see it from my perspective. I think that is the best way forward.
"If more players speak up then the better it will be."
Sterling added: "Growing up, my mum always told me I'm a wonderful black child and I know this. So, when I hear it, it is nothing new to me. I know I'm black and I'm happy with it, I'm proud.
"I'm confident with my body, but at the same time it [abuse] is not right. If you do let it get to you, some people can't take it. Growing up, my mum always told me to love myself and who I am."
Sterling says he first experienced racism after moving to Liverpool as youngster from QPR.
When asked if he had encountered the problem growing up in London, Sterling said: "To be fair in London, not at all. It was mainly when I went up north to Liverpool. That was the first time I encountered racism.
The former Liverpool star has scored 15 goals and created nine assists in 28 Premier League appearances this campaign.
He also has three Champions League goals after eight matches and might be starting for the Citizens when they face Tottenham in their UCL quarterfinal clash.
Two goals from Ross Barkley and one each from Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Michael Keane help England beat Montenegro 5-1 in the UEFA Euro qualifiers on Monday night.
Sterling's goal made it four goals in his lat two matches for the English national team, having scored hat-trick in their 5-0 win over Czech Republic last Friday.