Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT he was ‘saddened’ by the ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge that saw Raheem Sterling suffer racist abuse during Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea.
The England man was allegedly racially abused by a Chelsea fan during City’s 2-0 defeat to the Blues at Saturday evening.
Sterling could only laugh after a group of angry supporters appeared to scream insults at him as he collected the ball by the touchline for a throw-in.
He later revealed on a social media post that ‘he didn’t expect any better’ from his visit to Stamford Bridge.
The incident came in the same week a Tottenham supporter was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge, while the FA condemned all forms of discrimination and pledged itself to tackling this issue.
And Arsenal legend Ray Parlour said he has ‘never seen such hate’ from fans to a player before.
“It’s disgraceful, we just don’t need this in football,” he said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“It really does sadden me.
“We want passion, we want people to support their clubs, but the hatred, I’ve never seen hatred like that from fans at certain players.
“You heard all of that 30 or 40 years ago maybe, but now everyone had got involved as a football family to try and stamp all of that out.
“But unfortunately it’s still going to go on.
“Raheem dealt with it really well and hopefully the guys involved will be banned for life.”
“Disgraceful. I’ve never seen hatred like it”
“I thought football was going in a different direction”
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— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 10, 2018