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Football Association backs Raheem Sterling over tattoo row

STERLING SUPPORT: The Football Association have backed Raheem Sterling amid the row over his gun tattoo

THE FOOTBALL Association (FA) has come out in support of England footballer Raheem Sterling after he came under fire for a new tattoo of a gun on his leg.

Sterling took to Instagram on Monday (May 28) to explain the significance of his new ink.

“When I was two my father died from being gunned down to death,” the 23-year-old said. “I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my lifetime. I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning.”

UNDER FIRE: Raheem Sterling's new tattoo

Showing their solidarity with Sterling, an FA spokesperson said: “We all support Raheem Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave via Instagram last night.

“He and the rest of the squad are focused solely on preparing for the forthcoming World Cup.”

Sterling’s girlfriend also took to her Instagram to thank people for their support.

She said: “I'm glad people have finally woken up. Thank you all for the lovely comments, messages and support you've shown toward Raheem.”

Similarly, Twitter users have shown their support for the Manchester City star by referencing his kind and reputable character. Some have gone on to call his latest media coverage an act of racial bullying, an attack on someone being successful and black.

Anti-gun advocates have described Sterling’s new tattoo as “totally unacceptable” and “sickening”.

One vocal campaigner has said that Sterling should have the tattoo removed.
Lucy Cope, whose son was shot dead in 2012, founded the organisation Mothers Against Guns.

She told The Sun: “We demand he has the tattoo lasered off or covered up with a different tattoo. If he refuses he should be dropped from the England team. He’s supposed to be a role model but chooses to glamorise guns.”

Sterling will join the rest of the England team when they begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.

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