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Paul Pogba defends Raheem Sterling as he speaks out on racism in football

Mirror logo Mirror 20/03/2019 Darren Wells
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Paul Pogba has thrown his support behind Raheem Sterling, and claims the Man City winger doesn't get the credit he deserves.

The comments from the Man Utd star come following Sterling's criticism last year of several newspapers over their portrayal of black footballers.

Sterling highlighted the disparity in coverage between teammates Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo, when both players had each bought their mothers houses.

The post on his Instagram account had been sparked by events at Chelsea the previous week, where Sterling appeared to be the target of alleged racial abuse by opposing fans.

a group of people in front of a crowd: Raheem Sterling receives abuse from the Chelsea fans back in December © EMPICS Sport Raheem Sterling receives abuse from the Chelsea fans back in December

When asked on his thoughts on the matter by Sky , Pogba said: "Sometimes it happens. 

"What I've been seeing is he's been criticised for houses and what I've been hearing things about, but nobody talks about what he's been doing on the pitch.

"Maybe if he was somebody else, it would be different."

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Pogba was quick to point at Sterling's impressive campaign for his club side, which has seen them mount a challenge for four trophies.

The England star has netted 21 goals for City in all competitions, including his first hat-trick for the club in the recent win over Watford .

a man with a football ball: The England star has been in impressive form for City © Man City via Getty Images The England star has been in impressive form for City

Pogba added: "I think Raheem Sterling, with all the stats from last year and everything he's done - nobody talks about it like we should.

"He has ridiculous stats, he's scored goals and made a hat-trick not long ago.

"I always say racism in football shouldn't happen, because football is a sport, a beautiful sport and makes people happy.

"When somebody is doing a great job, he should deserve the same reward as somebody else who does the same job."

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