Raheem Sterling Launches 'Time for Change' Anti-Racism Campaign With Star-Studded Video

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Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Jordan Henderson are among the high profile footballers to appear in a video entitled 'Time for Change' that called for an end to racism.

The video is the latest in a flurry of racial activism across the sport in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Millions have taken to the streets across the world over the past several weeks to protest the death of George Floyd - a black man killed by police in Minnesota recently.

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The video was posted on Sterling's Twitter and Instagram accounts and has already attracted over 700,000 views.

In it, various players said that they were "tired" of asking for change on a variety of racial issues including social inclusion, discrimination and equality.

"We are tired of seeing black people die; we are tired of saying what if it was me falling asleep like George Floyd?” Sterling asks in one of the most moving parts of the video.

The Manchester City forward's message was flanked by contributions from Gary Lineker, Vincent Kompany, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucy Bronze, David Alaba and Gael Clichy.

Sterling has been a vocal critic of racial inequality in football, recently calling out the lack of black managers at the top level of the game. He has received some pushback for poking his head above the parapet politically but was supported by his manager Pep Guardiola who labelled his critics 'stupid people'.

Sancho - who also appears - has been similarly active, revealing a 'Justice for George Floyd' t-shirt during a recent Bundesliga game.

All 20 Premier League clubs released a statement earlier this month committing to supporting the movement when action resumes on Wednesday evening. During the first round of fixtures, all player names on the back of shirts will be replaced by the words 'Black Lives Matter', while several players have indicated they will 'take a knee' to show their support.