A classy gesture from a classy player. 

Raheem Sterling used to play for Liverpool FC and now plays for Manchester City. He was loved at Liverpool but when he went to his new club the Liverpool fans said that he only had changed clubs as he wanted the extra money and they felt he had let them down. Every time he has played against Liverpool the fans have shown their anger towards him by booing every time he appeared, touched the ball or even had his name announced.

In the Community Shield when the two teams came together, Raheem Sterling scored  and also converted a penalty despite the boos. After the game whilst his team celebrated the victory Raheem Sterling went to both sets of fans and had his photo taken with fans from both teams as well as signing autographs. He also gifted his shirt to a young Liverpool fan. A classy gesture from a classy player.

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I will have 550 tickets please….

Celebrities and footballers have such a high profile with youngsters and especially when one used to go to the same school as you. It seems to give a much closer link with the pupils and almost makes the person one of them. The actions of such people make such a huge difference to youngsters who are so much influenced by the life of these celebrities hence the term social influencers.

Raheem Sterling used to attend Copland Community School in Wembley, this has since changed its name to Ark Elvin Academy. Sterling grew up in the shadow of Wembley dreaming of playing there as a footballer. Manchester City were struggling to sell their allocation of tickets for their FA Cup semi final game at Wembley against Brighton today at 5.30pm. Raheem Sterling put in a request to buy 550 tickets so that all the pupils from his old school could go along and watch. Not only did he buy the tickets but he invited them to City’s training ground where he met them. He was reported as saying:

It is great to be able to give these students the chance to watch a game at Wembley,” Sterling said. “I grew up right next door to the stadium and would dream of one day playing in a cup final or even representing my country there. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community that helped me get to where I am.”

I bet that every single one of the pupils who attend the game will have been absolutely blown away by this offer, a chance that many of them could only have dreamt of. Going to Wembley to watch their hero in action. There has been much bad press about Raheem Sterling in the past but recently his actions have certainly spoken louder than words. He has been a major voice in the fight against racism in football and now this. The memories for these pupils will stay with them forever and hopefully reinforce the positivity of sport. We will certainly hear the cheer from them if he scores!!

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