Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has a solution to combat racism in football - and it would be a real deterrent to fans who want success for their team.

Sterling has become a figurehead for the fight against racism in the sport, having accused sections of the media of fuelling race hate with negative portrayals of young black players.

And the treble-winning Man City star has re-iterated his hope to see clubs slapped with automatic nine-point deductions if their supporters indulged in racist behaviour.

"If I go to a football game and I support Manchester United , for example, I don't want to be the person that lets my team down by saying silly remarks in a stadium," said England ace Sterling at a conference in New York.

"If you know your team is going to get deducted nine points from them winning the league you are not going to say these racist remarks even though you shouldn't have it in your head."

Raheem Sterling is congratulated by team-mates after scoring City's fifth goal in the FA Cup final

Sterling scored twice as City beat Watford 6-0 in Saturday's FA Cup final to become the first English team to win all three domestic trophies.

After a thrilling season, the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year plans to spend some of his downtime talking to officials at the FA and the Premier League about combating racism.

Sterling celebrates with manager Pep Guardiola

"In football you can get caught up with training every day and games every two, three days so you don't really have a lot of time to be out and speaking to people," Sterling said during a moderated discussion at the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything conference.

"But for sure on my off time and holidays if I can get around and speak to the FA and the people in the Premier League and see how we can go about doing things better in the future for sure I'll be there in person to try and do that."

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