sport news Fernandinho hails Raheem Sterling as 'lovely guy' and believes criticism is ...

Fernandinho has questioned the treatment of Raheem Sterling and defended the forward as one of the biggest contributors to Manchester City's success over the past 12 months.

Sterling, 23, was this week criticised when he shared a photo with a tattoo of a gun on his right leg and has since insisted it has a 'deeper meaning' because of his vow 'never to touch a gun' after his father was shot dead when he was a boy.

His City team-mate Fernandinho believes the criticism owes to an agenda against him.

Fernandinho stood by Raheem Sterling and thinks the criticism is from those with an agenda

Fernandinho stood by Raheem Sterling and thinks the criticism is from those with an agenda

Sterling explained that the tattoo of an automatic weapon was to commemorate his father

Sterling explained that the tattoo of an automatic weapon was to commemorate his father

He is with Brazil as they prepare for the World Cup in Russia, but the controversy surrounding Sterling has not escaped his attention at the end of a season in which they both contributed so much to City

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