A Chelsea football fan who fired a volley of foul mouthed abuse at Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has apologised for the verbal abuse.
Colin Wing was one of four people suspended from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into the incident.
The club are currently combing through audio and video footage while lip-readers are being employed to determine exactly what was said and if it is deemed to be racist language.
The 60-year-old from Beckenham, south-east London has supposedly lost his job along with his season ticket as a result of the incident.
But Wing who was picked up by the cameras clearly shouting abuse of some nature, claims he called the England star a f***ing‘ MANC c***’ not a f***ing black c***.
Sterling can be seen laughing off the abuse at the time, something which he has since been praised for, but the abhorrent abuse has left millions angry.
“I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it,” Wing said on Tuesday.
“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.
“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.”
A Chelsea statement released on Monday said: “We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
“Chelsea finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans.
“We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”