England's Sterling honoured with award for fighting racism

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Published on April 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

England's Sterling honoured with award for fighting racism

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is awarded The Integrity and Impact Award at this year's BT Sport Industry Awards for speaking out on a range of social issues, including racism.

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England's Sterling honoured with award for fighting racism

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND (APRIL 25, 2019) (BT SPORT INDUSTRY AWARDS - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WINNER OF THE INTEGRITY AND IMPACT AWARD AT THE BT SPORT INDUSTRY AWARDS, RAHEEM STERLING, SAYING: "Firstly, not initiallyโ€ฆ I thought it was just a personal experiences that I was speaking on and I didn't expect it to get so much attention.

I just wanted to bring it to the attention of my audience that I had on my Instagram.

And from there, people took up on it and took note of it and a lot has been tried to be done from then.

So, it's really pleasing to see people listening and trying and do better and make a change." 2.

PRESENTER ASKING STERLING QUESTIONS 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WINNER OF THE INTEGRITY AND IMPACT AWARD AT THE BT SPORT INDUSTRY AWARDS, RAHEEM STERLING, SAYING: "It's going well.

That's partly what happens when you're trying to do good things, you have to set examples for you know - I keep saying younger kids than me, I'm only 24 myself - but you know, the next generation coming through.

You have to set examples.

Coming from Liverpool I had people around me like Steven Gerrard I looked up to and, you know, looking at him and thinking 'what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was'.

You take little things and each year you try and develop them and become better not just on the field but off it as well." 4.

PRESENTER THANKING STERLING 5.

STERLING LEAVING STAGE STORY: Manchester City's England forward Raheem Sterling has been awarded The Integrity and Impact Award at this year's BT Sport Industry Awards for speaking out on a range of social issues, including racism.

Sterling was recognised for his fight against racism in the sport and for using his platform to call for more action to be taken.

He had said this month that more players needed to speak out when they suffered racism to eradicate it from the game.

"I thought it was just a personal experiences that I was speaking on and I didn't expect it to get so much attention.

I just wanted to bring it to the attention of my audience that I had on my Instagram," Sterling said as he received the award from his England coach Gareth Southgate Thursday (April 25) evening.

"It's really pleasing to see people listening and trying and do better and make a change," Sterling added.

"Partly what happens when you're trying to do good things, you have to set examples for you know - I keep saying younger kids than me, I'm only 24 myself - but you know, the next generation coming through." The 24-year-old also signed a manifesto earlier this week where he said clubs should be handed automatic nine-point deductions and ordered to play three games behind closed doors if their supporters indulged in racist behaviour.

Sterling, who began his career at Liverpool, said the example of his former captain Steven Gerrard encouraged him to try to develop into a role model.

"Coming from Liverpool I had people around me like Steven Gerrard I looked up to and, you know, looking at him and thinking 'what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was'," he added.

"You take little things and each year you try and develop them and become better not just on the field but off it as well," he said.

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