Last night during Manchester City’s 6-0 hammering over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, Raheem Sterling was awarded a penalty after he was tripped by the pitch.
With his side already one goal up, Sterling was just about to shoot to get City’s second, however after pulling his left foot back, the end of his boot hit the turf before the England international fell to the floor.
The referee believed that Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko had brought him down and then confidently awarded City a penalty, to which the Donetsk players looked puzzled and questioned the official.
Jesus smashed the ball home to make it 2-0, before the player got two more later in the thumping win.
Watch the bizarre moment it unfolded below…
THAT IS A SHOCKER!
Raheem Sterling trips on the turf, unopposed and the referee awards a penalty kick. 😱 pic.twitter.com/vdCDsw8Qsf
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018
Sterling told BT Sport: “I went to chip the ball and I don’t know what happened next. I ended up on the floor and turned around.
“I don’t think I felt contact, it was just my bad. I hit the floor and scuffed the floor. Apologies to the ref and apologies to Shakhtar.”
Manager Pep Guardiola spoke of the penalty decision and brought up VAR: “Yeah, we realised immediately it wasn’t a penalty.
“He could, yeah. But last season Liverpool and Milner could say the same. You could do that.
“I don’t like to score a goal in that situation. He didn’t realise. He hit the grass.
“VAR, where is it? The referees said a long time ago they must be helped. They don’t want to make mistakes. They must be helped. It takes two, three 10 seconds to make a decision.”
After watching the video of Sterling being awarded a penalty after he was tripped by the pitch, social media saw the funny side and posted falling over GIFs, others sprung into debate on whether Sterling should have been honest with the referee and to reverse the decision, some also spoke about VAR needing to make a comeback – take a look at all of that on the next page.
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