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FA backs Sterling over ‘unacceptable’ gun tattoo

The 23-year-old, who plays for Premier League champions Manchester City, posted a picture of himself training with his England teammates at St George’s Park.

The tattoo of an assault rifle on his right calf clearly visible.

Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns after her son Damian was shot dead outside a club in central London in July 2012, said the ink was “totally unacceptable”.

Raheem Sterling was allegedly assaulted at the Manchester City training ground
Image:Sterling plays for Premier League side Manchester City
FA backs Sterling over ‘unacceptable’ gun tattoo
FA backs Sterling over ‘unacceptable’ gun tattoo

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

“If he refuses he should be dropped from the England team.

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

England forward Raheem Sterling has defended his new M16 assault rifle tattoo after it was branded "disgusting" by an anti-gun campaigner.
Image:Responding to the criticism, Sterling said his tattoo has a ‘deeper meaning’

But the former Liverpool player, who is among five England strikers heading to Russia for the World Cup, uploaded an Instagram post saying his new ink has a “deeper meaning”.

He wrote: “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.”

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