Sterling, who won the Premier League and League Cup with City this season, has faced racial abuse in stadiums and online throughout his career.
Raheem Sterling. Image via Twitter / @ sterling7
Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling was inducted into Queen Elizabeth II’s list of birthday honors on Friday in recognition of his work promoting racial equality in sport.
The 26-year-old who has been heavily involved in anti-racism and anti-discrimination campaigns, has been named an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Sterling, who won the Premier League and the League Cup has suffered racial slurs throughout his career in stadiums and online.
In 2019, he participated in an anti-racism campaign, No Room For Racism, and spoke out as the Black Lives last year Matter movement gained momentum after the assassination of George Floyd in the United States.
The award comes just days after fans booed English players for bowing to their knees before the Euro 2020 friendly m to protest racial injustice.
Nearly a quarter or 262 people on the main honors list, who reward the courage, service, or achievement of individuals in their field, were recommended for coronavirus-related activities.
Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson received an MBE for services to football and charities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Liverpool and England coach Roy Hodgson received a CBE in recognition of his long and outstanding football career.
The 73-year-old resigned as Crystal Palace boss at the end of the season and is expected to step down from management.
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The London club may have finished fourth in the Premier League, a whopping 19 points behind Masters City, but this was notably their third win against Guardiola’s side in six weeks.
The disregard for the reasons for performing the anti-racism gesture has led many football fans to view it as a political act.
Led by Harry Kane, the 2018 World Cup winner of the Golden Shoe, only nine members of that squad made it to the expanded 26-person group for a continental European championship.
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