MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has stopped checking his social media accounts because of the abuse he gets from critics.
The 22-year-old England international was particularly targeted with online criticism during the European Championship in 2016. At that tournament, Sterling dubbed himself “The Hated One” on Instagram following England’s opening game against Russia.
“My first year here I used to always be on Instagram. You see stuff pop up and check it out because you don’t know any better,” Sterling said of the 2015-16 season, his first at City after moving from Liverpool.
“Since I have been getting those negative comments, I realize the best thing is not to look at it so it won’t affect you.”
City manager Pep Guardiola phoned Sterling during Euro 2016 in a show of support,…