Paul Ince says it is imperative there is no complacency in football's fight against racism.
The Premier League's announcement comes after a hard few days for Sterling, as he used social media on Sunday to address alleged racist abuse directed at him by a Chelsea supporter during City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge a day earlier.
The Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS) thanked Sterling for being fearless enough to speak up, an uncommon reality where current players are concerned, and added that they would like to se the paucity of diversity where sports journalists at national newspapers are concerned addressed immediately.
A police investigation is under way following an incident involving Sterling during City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday that has seen Chelsea suspend four supporters from attending games "pending further investigations".
Sterling said he "had to laugh" when he heard the remarks because he expects "no better". "Believe me, that's ridiculous and that's why everyone has to protect from that situation".
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He continued: "I think this is unacceptable - both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded this young black kid is looked at in a bad light. He can handle it and he is not letting it get him down".
Ouseley spoke powerfully in support of Sterling in the wake of what went on at Stamford Bridge, and revealed in an interview with The Times he had received hate mail for doing so, but Kick It Out insisted his announcement had nothing to do with that incident and its fallout.
Former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool midfielder Ince was the first black captain of England's men's team and experienced racism when playing in Italy.
"Players get criticised by fans". We can talk about it, but maybe we need to do a lot more about it.
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"I thought the way Raheem articulated himself was spot on", Moore added.
"Raheem reacted very, very well".
The Sports People's Think Tank, an academic group which has conducted research highlighting the lack of BAME coaches and managers in professional football, also applauded Sterling for speaking out.
"We are going into a really tough game". If action isn't taken then we support the suggestion that sports people stage a media blackout.
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