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Media storm over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo after Lucy Cope describes inking as ‘sickening’

Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling has defended his new gun tattoo after Peckham-based anti-gun crime campaigner Lucy Cope described the inking as ‘sickening’.

After sharing a training image on his Instagram account with the new tattoo, an MI6 assault rifle, clearly visible, Mothers Against Guns campaigner Lucy Cope, from Peckham, told The Sun the tattoo was ‘totally unacceptable’, and the footballer should ‘hang his head in shame’.

But Sterling hit back at the criticism saying the design was in memory of his father who was died after being shot when Sterling was just two.

He responded to his followers: “When I was two my father died from being gunned down to death. I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my lifetime, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning and still unfinished.”

A heated debate has raged on social media, with Sterling supporters saying he is a great black role model and some criticism of him is racially motivated, which others have denied, including high-profile critic Piers Morgan.

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