Gary Neville has admitted that he dropped Raheem Sterling after a meeting in the Euro 2016 to discuss abuse racial winger received.
The former defender of Manchester United, which was part of the training of the coaches of England at the time, revealed that he was “totally inappropriate” during the meeting, because it was suggested that the old star british David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney had all suffered abuse. of their own.
The specialist Sky Sports said that he had not handled the situation the right way, in the light of the campaign Black Lives Matter across the world.
Gary Neville apologised to Raheem Sterling after having discussed a meeting in the Euro 2016
Sterling has approached Neville after having been the target of abuse and racially asked for advice
Neville was part of the training of the coaches of England to the Euro 2016 when Sterling approached him
“When I look back on that meeting now, and the words that I have used, I feel I’ve let you down,” explained Neville to the winger of Manchester City in an interview on Sky Sports.
“I think that my thought was to know how the other players had been subjected to abuse, either Paul Gascoigne or David Beckham or Wayne Rooney, but I now recognise and I think it was totally inappropriate. I do not acknowledge the personal side.
“These players have received abuse for errors of football or performance of football. You receive abuse targeted that were constant before a ball has been kicked at the tournament. I have the impression that at this time, the answer that I gave to you was inappropriate, and I’m sorry.
The clubs and the players in the Premier League have shown their support for the campaign Black Lives Matter across the world, caused by the death of George Floyd.
Each player in the Premier League will be the name on the back of his shirt exchanged for “Black Lives Matter” for the first round of matches.
Premier League clubs have shown their support for the movement Black Lives Matter
Sterling, has spoken out on the protests in applauding those who seek to bring about “change in society”.
“I sense that everyone is tired. A lot of people have screamed for help, ” said Sterling to Neville.
“I think with the protest against what happened in America and transferred to the United Kingdom. People use this time to get answers and a change in society.
“I’m not someone who has more ideas or knows what to do, we simply need to highlight these things that people live in everyday life and it is what I am trying to reproduce. “
Sterling, who has often condemned the abuses of racist, supports the manifestation of Black Lives Matter
Neville, who is co-owner of League Two Salford City, has continued to explain that he thought he could do more to denounce the racism and that he did not consider himself as a leader because of his silence in the past.
“I think it needs to happen now,” explained Neville. “We are not doing enough to Salford City. Me and Jamie were considered as leading to Man U and Liverpool, but you never heard a word from us on the issue of racism throughout our football career while we were playing. This is not leadership.
“I try to think about this conversation I had with Raheem and Salford City over the course of 12-18 months, or four years of our ownership, we do not do near enough, and now it is time to stop talking and we are to be judged as leaders.
“Micky just talking about the idea that it has no opportunity due to the postal code and the place of his birth and the color of his skin.
“This is ridiculous, in this country, we talk about opportunity, but it depends on where you live, your zip code, if you receive a good or bad education, how you are treated, the job you get, it’s just ridiculous. “
Neville said he had never talked about the racism before, and does not consider itself as a leader
Neville, who is co-owner of Salford City, has said that his club could do more to solve the problem
Sterling has been criticised by some for a tattoo that he revealed in the course of the season 2017-18.
The tattoo was a gun on his leg, and although it is there for everyone to see during the football season, it has been the subject of many criticisms during the preparation of the world Cup 2018.
Recalling the world Cup in Russia, he added: “It was my second tournament, I did not understand what was happening, only until the world Cup 2018, I had the same thing about my tattoo, that I had done in September and that I had played an entire season of football and training session where it was revealed.
Sterling has been criticised by some for a tattoo that he revealed in the course of the season 2017-18
“But they expect 3-4 weeks before the biggest tournament of our country, I realized that it was not my tattoo, it was a lot bigger than that, I told myself that it was a bit discriminatory here.
Sterling is expected to return to action Wednesday night, when the restart of the project of the Premier League begins.
Arsenal, second host Manchester City on the night of the opening, after that Aston Villa and Sheffield United have begun the evening.