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Noni Madueke blasts Chelsea fan after Raheem Sterling issues public apology | Football | Sport

Noni Madueke hit back at a Chelsea fan on Instagram after Raheem Sterling apologised for missing a penalty in the FA Cup victory over Leicester City. Two late goals helped the Blues to a 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge, with the result setting up a semi-final showdown with Manchester City.

Sterling had the opportunity to score from the penalty spot after just 26 minutes but failed to convert, with Leicester goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk pulling off a fine save. The England winger did not have his finest game against the Foxes and was booed off by the home supporters when he was replaced by Madueke in the 86th minute.

He apologised with a public statement on Instagram, which read: “To all the Chelsea fans, apologies for the penalty miss. I’ll be back 10 times stronger to help the team win and continue to keep fighting for the badge every single day.”

Madueke was quick to defend Sterling in the comments, writing: “Bro no need to apologise… we appreciate you.” He snapped back at a Chelsea fan who disrespected Sterling, with Madueke saying in a now-deleted reply: “Be quiet man, people like you are the issue.”

Mauricio Pochettino also hit back at the fans who booed Sterling in his post-match press conference, with the Chelsea boss insisting that jeers from the crowd do nothing to help players in difficult moments.

“We need to support him, he’s an amazing player,” said Pochettino. “He has more than 10 years experience in the Premier League. Of course I think the contribution was good. He was a little bit unlucky with some actions where he should have scored but we are a team and we need to be there for everyone.

“Fans are entitled to show their emotion. For us we try to empathise with our fans not to criticise. They want the best for our team and players but we are in a project. We need support and to really believe. We are trying to build something.

“We are in a process to build the team. I know really well how to manage. What the fans want is to win the game and that we achieved. What the fans want is to go to Wembley and that we achieved. They need to trust me to manage in the way I think is the best way for the club. We need to respect their opinion as much as they need to respect my decision.”

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