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Sterling defends gun tattoo following criticism

Sterling defends gun tattoo following criticism

Sterling is a midfielder for Manchester City.

He posted his message after The Sun newspaper ran a story in which Lucy Cope, who founded the Mothers Against Guns group after her son was shot dead in 2012, said Sterling should not play for England unless he gets rid of the tattoo.

"This tattoo is disgusting", she said. "Raheem should hang his head in shame".

An anti-gun campaigner has called for Sterling to have the tattoo lasered off.

'If he refuses he should be dropped from the England team.

Despite his undeniable improvement on the pitch under Pep Guardiola over the last two years, several tabloid papers have insisted on attempting to create furor around one of England's top talents - with recent stories run on Sterling ranging from his breakfast habits to the cleanliness of his auto.

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However Sterling says the tattoo is a tribute to his father, who was gunned down when he was a child.

But when challenged by people on Twitter that boxing was a violent sport, he added, "I respect what you're saying but boxing has a ref, medics on hand & choice! I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning and is still unfinished".

"We all support Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave", an FA spokesperson said in a statement.

'I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my lifetime.

Sterling now sports a tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his leg, an image that some have labelled "sick" and "disgusting".

The former Liverpool star is set to play a key role for Gareth Southgate's England side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.


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