MANCHESTER – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling's decision to buy 550 tickets for his side's FA Cup semi-final against Brighton for pupils of his former school as an "incredible gesture."
Sterling grew up in the shadow of the old Wembley, having moved to England from Jamaica at the age of five.
"I grew up right next door to the stadium and would dream of one day playing in a cup final or even representing my country there," said Sterling.
"To now be able to play there myself is an honour and this is a great opportunity to give back to the community that helped me get to where I am."
The England international has become a key figure not only on the field for club and country, but an increasingly prominent campaigner against racism.