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Raheem Sterling Calls For Montenegro Stadium Ban After Racist Chants

Raheem Sterling Calls For Montenegro Stadium Ban After Racist Chants

Raheem Sterling has called for Montenegro to be hit with a stadium ban after England's black players were subjected to racist chants during their side's 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifier win in Podgorica on Monday evening.

"Yeah. Something serious for them, to make them think twice about doing it again," Sterling replied when asked about a stadium ban by Sky Sports following the game.

"You've got to make it harder - you've got to punish all the fans so they can't come to the games, you've got to do something that's really going to make them think twice. Because if their team can't play with fans it's going to be difficult for them and make them think twice about it."

Sterling said that he did not personally hear the racist chants but teammate Danny Rose made it clear to him that it was happening. Following his 80th minute goal, Sterling cupped his ear towards the Montenegro supporters.

"I just wanted to show them that you're going to need more than that to upset us and stop us," said Sterling.

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What can I do? All of us know what skin colour we are. I don't know what the big issue is. It's not like you're telling us anything new.

It's 2019 and it's a shame to see this going on. We can only bring awareness to the situation.

It's now time for the people that are in charge to put a real stamp on it because you can fine someone but what's that going to do?

Teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, who won his second England cap in the game, also heard the chants.

"In the first half, I was going over near Danny [Rose] and we heard "Ooh, ahh, ahh" [monkey noises] but that's part of football - I've had it before in Dynamo [Kiev]," said the 18-year-old.

"Hopefully, UEFA deal with it properly.

"It's definitely unacceptable. I don't think anyone should be discriminated against in football, no matter what. To hear stuff like that is not right."

England manager Gareth Southgate said he also heard the abuse his players had received.

"When Danny Rose was booked at the end of the game I definitely heard racist chanting behind me," said Southgate.

"It's completely unacceptable. The most important thing is that our players feel supported by us and we'll make sure it's reported and we are there for them and anything they want us to support them with, that we are able to do.

"I think that reporting is already in place because so many people in other areas of the ground have heard it.

"I believe the UEFA delegate also heard it.

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