Jamaica-born Manchester City star has offered words of encouragement to a young British fan that has struggled with facing racial abuse.
The plight of the 13-year-old Manchester City fan was brought to the attention of the Sterling by his grandmother.
According to the letter penned to the England international, the concerned matriarch revealed Ethan Ross, a young goalkeeper in the under-14s team at Newport County, had been badly affected after suffering abuse from bullies in Newport last year.
“Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse,” wrote Sterling, quoted by BBC Sport.
“Stand tall, don’t let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave and your nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid.”
Sterling has himself been the target of racial abuse. Most recently the league suspended four Chelsea supporters who abused the Manchester City winger during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.