Rio Ferdinand urges footballers to stage NFL-style protest after Sterling abuse
Sterling appeared to be racially abused on Saturday.
Chelsea's win over Manchester City on Saturday night was marred by a group of fans appearing to give Raheem Sterling a barrage of racist abuse.
Videos that surfaced on social media showed fans appearing to shout "f***ing black c***" in Sterling's direction after he overran the ball beyond the byline. Chelsea FC and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident.
Ian Wright, Rio Ferdinand and several other former professionals were vocal in condemning the abuse on their social media channels, with Wright suggesting "the bad old days are back."
Rio Ferdinand took to Instagram to draw attention to the episode, writing "Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on??? All for kicking a ball!"
Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa commented in response to Ferdinand's post: "We have to put a stop to this someway."
"In the NFL the players took to the knee..." referencing Colin Kaeperick's decision to kneel during the national anthem before NFL matches during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick no longer has a team, but the impact of his leadership in fighting racism has been felt throughout the sport.
Ferdinand seemed to suggest that football this side of the pond could benefit from a similar protest as it would draw attention the sort of abuse that Sterling received yesterday, which is far too commonplace in the game.