England footballer Raheem Sterling defends ‘disgusting’ assault rifle tattoo

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The Manchester City player posted a picture of himself training, with a tattoo of an assault rifle on his right calf clearly visible.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates with the Premier League trophy during the Premier League champions trophy parade in Manchester (Richard Sellers/PA)

England forward Raheem Sterling has defended his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his leg after it was branded “disgusting”.

The 23-year-old, who plays for Manchester City, posted a picture of himself training with his England team-mates at St George’s Park, with a tattoo of an assault rifle on his right calf clearly visible.

She told the Sun: “We demand he has the tattoo lasered off or covered up with a different tattoo.

“He’s supposed to be a role model but chooses to glamorise guns.”

Mothers Against Guns Poster
Lucy Cope, of Mothers Against Guns, whose 22-year-old son Damian was shot dead outside a London nightclub in July 2002 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

In a post on Instagram, he said: “When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning N still unfinished.”

An FA spokesperson said on Tuesday afternoon: “We all support Raheem Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave via Instagram last night.

“He and the rest of the squad are focused solely on preparing for the forthcoming World Cup.”

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