Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted 'racism is everywhere' in the wake of alleged racial abuse received by Raheem Sterling during the defeat to Chelsea.
The forward suffered the abuse during the first half at Stamford Bridge, resulting in four fans receiving suspensions from attending future Chelsea games while the investigation concerning the allegations take place.
Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League game against Hoffenheim, Guardiola has admitted that racism is an issue both in and out of football that needs to be addressed.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: "
It's a sentiment that the City boss shares, claiming the media have a 'responsibility' when reporting the news due to the 'real power' they have in today's world.
Asked if he thought Sterling received negative treatment from the press, he replied: "
"I told him to protect your private life and keep it outside that situation. Hopefully he has done that.
"You expect it [negativity] when he's played bad, but just for the colour of his skin? No.
Source : 90min