Manchester City fans hit out at media criticism of Sterling’s gun tattoo

Raheem Sterling has never had an easy ride with the media, and the Manchester City star drew more unwanted attention after showing off his new tattoo.

The former Liverpool star, who moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2015, revealed the new ink on his right calf during a training session with England ahead of the World Cup.

The 23-year-old posted an image to Instagram, which showed his tattoo of an M16 assault rifle.

The picture caused outrage among ant-gun protestors and The Sun was one of the tabloid newspapers to run with the story.

On Instagram, Sterling explained the reasoning behind his tattoo choice, claiming that it was related to his late father, who was shot dead in Kingston, Jamaica when the footballer was just two years old.

Sterling stated in the social media post that the gum symbolised a “promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my lifetime”.

The media reaction has caused some City fans to defend their player, with some calling for the attack-minded star to walk away from international duty with England.