Former Sun editor slams Sterling’s lack of newspaper coverage
An old Sun The editor-in-chief criticized newspapers for presenting “all-white cover pages” ahead of tonight’s Euro2020 final.
England face Italy in a much-anticipated clash today as the Three Lions play their first major final in 55 years at Wembley, seeking to clinch their first European Championship title.
The player of the tournament so far has been Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling, whose goals against Croatia and the Czech Republic have taken England through the group stage safely.
He also forced Simon Kjaer to put the ball in his own net for the equalizer against Denmark and won the decisive penalty in overtime after a dazzling performance.
But despite his exploits, Sterling was largely shunned heading into the final on the front pages, with Captain Harry Kane having a somewhat indifferent tournament widely featured instead.
Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph front page:
“I hope that history records not only your success, but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you conduct yourself”#TomorrowsPapersToday
– The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 10, 2021
– Star of the day (@dailystar) July 10, 2021
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 10, 2021
Of tomorrow #cover page – FOR THE QUEEN AND THE COUNTRY! Her Majesty salutes “the spirit, commitment and pride of Gareth Southgate’s group of brothers and looks forward to a glorious repeat of 1966!”#TomorrowsPapersToday
– Daily Express (@Daily_Express) July 10, 2021
Former Sun Editor-in-chief David Yelland has reacted strongly to the media coverage, telling newspaper bosses to “do better”.
If I was still editing I would have put @ sterling7 on my first page today and I certainly made sure that I didn’t have a completely blank first page. Unfortunately, half of the articles have only white faces, unconscious bias at best. Try better tomorrow? 🏴❤️🙏🌈
– David Yelland (@davidyelland) July 11, 2021
After England’s victory over Germany, there were vocal calls to plaster the Sterling “talisman” on the front page.
Sadly, they too have fallen on deaf ears, with Harry Kane and Prince George dominating the newspaper coverage.
Stick it on your front page of your journal tomorrow, our talisman, our king pic.twitter.com/2Ed0t6thdL
– Sophie Levin (@ sophielevin11) June 29, 2021
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