Manchester city manager pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling as an "incredible person" after English forward hit out at the media coverage that he said helps fuel racism.
Sterling made the comment on Sunday, a day after he faced alleged racist abuse from a supporter during City's 2-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Raheem said it perfectly. he's a fantastic person, a fantastic individual," Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday.
In the 21st century it's tough to understand today what happened years agone for black individuals. you have to guard how equal we are along and facilitate us to be better.
Racism is everywhere, it isn't simply in soccer. we've to fight to make a better future for everybody, not simply in England however everywhere."
Chelsea have suspended four supporters from attending matches pending investigation and therefore the Metropolitan Police are reviewing the video footage of the incident.
I appreciate what Chelsea did and if it happened in my club we would do the same," Guardiola added .
The professional Footballers' Association was critical of media's portrayal of Sterling, saying the england international and former Liverpool player was often singled out.
When asked if Sterling faces a harsh treatment from the media, Guardiola said: "I do not know. when I arrived here I spoke with him because i do know he was so active on social media.
You expect it (negativity) when he is played bad, but just for the colour of his skin? No."
City have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and need a point against Hoffenheim on Wednesday to secure top spot in group F.
Guardiola said he has only 15 fully fit first-team players available for selection after David silva was ruled out with a muscular strain.
The Spanish midfielder was substituted against Chelsea in the last half and he will join striker Sergio Aguero and playmaker Kevin de Bruyne on the sidelines.
I cannot rotate too much. If I may have one issue, it'd be to get my players back," he said.
We have to try and win each game and end 1st, just to have that small advantage in the last sixteen."