The alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling in Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend was the centre of attention on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher didn’t shy away from the issue, engaging in a lengthy discussion ahead of Everton’s match against Watford.
The conversation came after Sterling had taken a stand against the abuse he has suffered at the hands of fans and the media.
The 24-year-old penned a powerful Instagram post on Sunday, writing: “For all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance.”
Neville viewed Sterling’s reaction as a huge step in football’s continued attempts to eradicate racism.
“It's provoked a huge reaction from everybody,” the former Manchester United defender said.
“It made me reflect on my experiences with Raheem, having worked with him for four years with England.”
Watch Neville and Carragher's discussion in full
Neville went on to open up on the conversation he had with Sterling when the forward came to speak to him about the stick he was getting from the fans and the media before and during Euro 2016.
“I was in the analysis room, he came in and started to download on me, asking why this was happening and why it was so personal,” Neville added.
Carragher has his own experiences with Sterling, having played with him at Liverpool.
“He wasn't late, and he wasn't going on nights out,” Carragher said. “He was just a young kid, who was very humble, and he came in and trained very well.”
Their entire discussion certainly makes for essential viewing.
Neville and Carragher received widespread praise for opening up.
“This is excellent, thoughtful, accurate and honest from Neville & Carragher on Sterling,” Match of the Day host Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter.
Watford striker Andre Grey added: “Gary Neville talking a lot of real real stuff right now 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽”.
Hopefully the discussion continues.