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Incredible person: Raheem Sterling is back by Guardiola and Sane after alleged racist abuse

Raheem Sterling has been backed for his handling of Saturday's incident at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police have launched investigations into alleged racist abuse towards the Manchester City winger during Chelsea's 2-0 victory.

Team-mate Leroy Sane, speaking at a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game against Hoffenheim, said: "I think it is sad this happens still.

"Raheem is a strong guy, a tough guy, he knows how to handle it. He is still focused, playing good football, and will focus on the next game tomorrow."

City manager Pep Guardiola feels Sterling has handled a difficult matter well.

Guardiola said: "There was concern about what happened but he has been quite good. He made a statement, he was quite clear about his thoughts."

Guardiola believes racism is a deep-rooted problem in society.

He said: "Racism is everywhere. People focus on football but it is not just in football, unfortunately.

"What happens with immigrants, refugees around the world, how we treat them. We have to fight for a better society."

Guardiola is proud of Sterling for speaking out on the matter.

He said: "Raheem said it perfectly. He is an incredible person, an incredible human being."

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