A soccer fan accused of racially abusing England star Raheem Sterling apologised for his behaviour final night time.
Colin Wing, 60, was caught on digital camera hurling insults on the Manchester Metropolis participant in a Premier League match at Chelsea on Saturday.
Footage appeared to point out him calling Sterling a ‘f****** black c***’ whereas different Chelsea followers shouted non-racial abuse.
Mr Wing stated: ‘I’m deeply ashamed by my very own behaviour and I really feel actually dangerous.
‘However I didn’t name him a black ****, I known as him a Manc c***.
‘I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, due to the place I sit, I’m picked up on the digital camera most weeks.
‘If I had a historical past of claiming this type of factor I’d’ve been caught by now.
Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, has been recognized to the Day by day Mail as the person hurling insults. He has stated he’s ‘ashamed’ however insisted he known as Raheem Sterling a ‘Manc c***’ not a ‘black c***’ at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
‘No one round me stated they heard something. I need to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he generally is a higher man than I’m by accepting it.
‘I supply him an unreserved apology. Even when it wasn’t racist, it’s not proper what I stated. Even the swearing is dangerous – however I obtained carried away.
‘I used to be fully out of order, however I’ve misplaced my job and my season ticket now so all people’s obtained what they wished. So why can’t they depart me alone?’
Mr Wing, who helps Chelsea, stated police spoke to him twice on Saturday with out levelling any prices.
He and three different males have been suspended from attending Chelsea’s residence matches at Stamford Bridge. A number of of Mr Wing’s neighbours immediately recognized him from CCTV footage and matchday images.
One stated: ‘It’s mortifying to assume anyone able to that could possibly be dwelling alongside your avenue.’
One other stated: ‘We have to keep out of this and take into consideration our younger son, however it’s unbelievable to assume the person we simply heard about on tv is likely to be a neighbour of ours.’
A 3rd neighbour described Mr Wing as a ‘scumbag’.
Sterling, who was interviewed by officers on Sunday morning, stated he heard racial abuse from the stands. No arrests have but been made and inquiries are persevering with.
Chelsea’s personal investigation into the incident used TV footage from many angles to establish the offenders.
The membership are additionally utilizing lip-readers to attempt to set up which phrases have been used.
Sterling appeared to snigger off the abuse; video footage appeared to point out Wing (circled) saying ‘you f****** black c***’ however he claims he stated ‘you f****** Manc c***’
Raheem Sterling leaves coaching at Manchester Metropolis on Sunday after enduring abuse hurled from the touchline on Saturday final night time by Chelsea followers throughout a Premier League tie
Racial abuse, if confirmed, would result in a life ban.
One other Chelsea fan known as TalkSport radio yesterday to confess he was one of many males who have been suspended.
Going by the identify ‘Dean’, he apologised for the abuse he launched at Sterling however stated he was not the person alleged to have racially abused the 24-year-old.
He added: ‘I didn’t say something racist, however I do admit swearing at him and calling him a humiliation to England. I don’t defend it.
‘It was a passionate sport and we would have liked to win, however that basically isn’t any defence. I apologise for something I stated that was offensive. On behalf of the opposite followers it simply abhors me and I’m simply actually sorry. That language shouldn’t have come out, even what I stated shouldn’t have come out.’
RAHEEM STERLING STATEMENT
Raheem Sterling posted an announcement on Instagram on Sunday morning addressing the incident at Stamford Bridge. It learn:
‘Good morning. I simply need to say I’m not usually the particular person to speak lots however once I assume I would like my level to (be) heard I’ll communicate up.
‘Relating to what was stated on the Chelsea sport as you’ll be able to see by my response I simply needed to snigger as a result of I do not anticipate no higher.’
Sterling additionally stated that he believed black gamers and white gamers weren’t handled equally by the media, together with the Day by day Mail and Mail On-line, and that he believes this helps ‘gas racism and aggressive behaviour’.
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright stated ‘the dangerous previous days are again’ when sharing a video of the incident on Saturday, including that Chelsea had been ‘shamed’ by the followers.
Labour MPs Invoice Esterton and Alex Norris additionally tweeted their help for the striker after he spoke out on Sunday. ‘Raheem’s proper. We have to kick racism out of soccer,’ wrote Mr Norris.
A Chelsea spokesman stated: ‘Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We’re absolutely supporting the police investigation and any info we collect shall be handed on to them.
‘If there may be proof of ticket holders participating in any racist behaviour, the membership will challenge extreme sanctions, together with bans.
‘We may even absolutely help any legal prosecutions.’