The Chelsea fan who was accused of racially abusing Raheem Sterling has denied using racist language in his insults towards the Manchester City forward.
Colin Wing, 60, has admitted to using curse words on Sterling during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory, but insists that he called him a ‘Manc c’ and not a ‘black c’.
The 60-year South-East Londoner, has had his season ticket suspended and has reportedly lost his job amid a joint investigation by Chelsea and the Met police.
Wing is likely to receive a lifetime ban from the club if proven guilty of racial abuse.
Speaking about the accusations, as quoted in the Daily Mail, Wing said: “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black c, I called him a Manc c.
“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now.
“Nobody around me said they heard anything. I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it.
“I offer him an unreserved apology. Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad – but I got carried away.
“I was completely out of order, but I’ve lost my job and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they wanted. So why can’t they leave me alone?”
Police spoke to Wing twice on Saturday, and are expected to do so again on Tuesday.
Sterling has has been offered support by a multitude of famous names within football, including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Gary Neville, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and former England international John Barnes.