Super Eagles stars Kenneth Omeruo of Leganes and Samuel Kalu of Bordeaux have joined the campaign against racism in football by reposting a Nike campaign in honor of Manchester City Superstar Raheem Sterling who was racially abused by some fans in City’s 2 – 0 loss to Chelsea last week Saturday.
Just few hours after Sterling came on as a 66th minute substitute for Leroy Sane and scoring his team’s third goal in the 69th minute against Everton on Saturday, the American kit manufacturing giants came out with the campaign on social media in the same theme as the one used for USA football star Colin Kaeparnick.
Nike’s Sterling commercial was accompanied by the strapline: “Speaking up doesn’t always make like easier. But easy never changed anything.”
Sterling’s Instagram post after being racially abused prompted a week of sober reflection in the British media about the portrayal of young wealthy footballers. He drew attention to the difference in coverage between a young white player (Phil Foden) buying his parents a house, and the equivalent story for a young black player (Tosin Adarabioyo).
The Super Eagles stars shared the post on their instagram pages in support of the fight against racism in football.