A Chelsea ‘fan’ accused of racially abusing Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has claimed he called the winger a “Manc c***” and not a “black c***”.
Colin Wing, was filmed screaming insults at the City player during the match in west London over the weekend with Sterling confirming on Sunday that the abuse he had been subjected to was at least partially racially motivated.
The Blues have now suspended Wing and three other men involved in the incident, pending further investigation with the club ready to “support any criminal prosecutions.”
Wing, has issued an apology to Sterling for swearing at him but moaned that “everybody’s got what they wanted” from the situation.
“I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad,” Wing said of the allegations to the Daily Mail. “But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.
“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now.
“Nobody around me said they heard anything. I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it.
“I offer him an unreserved apology. Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad – but I got carried away.
“I was completely out of order, but I’ve lost my job and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they wanted. So why can’t they leave me alone?”