England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says boycotting social media and wearing T-shirts is “not enough” to combat racism and there must be “harder punishments”.
“Teams getting points deductions, getting kicked out… this is when people start taking it seriously,” said Sterling.
Sterling, who scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, has been praised for his readiness to speak out on the issue.
After he was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea fans in December, he used Instagram to criticize the media for the way they report on black players.
When England players were racially abused during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro in March, Sterling celebrated a goal by cupping his ears in the direction of the home fans.
The Wall Street Journal, which is hosting a four-day festival featuring “groundbreaking leaders, innovators, and change-makers”, described him as a “trailblazer against discrimination on and off the field”.
Sterling was interviewed in front of an audience by the Journal’s global sports editor Bruce Orwell, before taking part in a question-and-answer session.
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