Referees have a really tough job in football but sometimes they make certain decisions which leave everyone baffles.
And such was the case with Man City forward Raheem Sterling who pulled out an acting performance that would put every major Hollywood actors to shame.
Man City ran riot against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League beating them 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite an emphatic performance, Raheem Sterling seems to have grabbed all the headline after he received a penalty decision.
Here’s how the incident unfolded:
Raheem Sterling ran into the box getting the better of Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko and was just about to take a shot when his studs jabbed into the pitch and he stumbled over.
In a normal scenario, this would have been a no-fuss incident but not in this case as the referee Viktor Kassai chose to award a penalty to Man City despite Matvityenko being miles away from Sterling.
Here’s the video:
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
After the penalty was awarded, Raheem Sterling did nothing to correct the referee especially since the Shakhtar player made absolutely no contact with him.
The forward did apologize to the referee after the match, saying:
“I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,”
But that has done very little to win over the fans as most of them have taken to mocking Raheem Sterling and his hilarious trip over.
Here are some reactions:
Raheem Sterling now hitting such high levels at Man City that he can win penalties without being tripped or diving. Fair play
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) November 7, 2018
Watching the Raheem Sterling penalty decision https://t.co/u5vY3buVAn
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 7, 2018
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 7, 2018
Hearing the FA are investigating Mourinho taunting Juventus fans at the end of last night’s game & have hired a body language expert to interpret his actions. He faces a 5 match touchline ban & £250,000 fine.
Meanwhile Raheem Sterling is getting the Victoria Cross for THAT dive.
— 'Drawty' (@DrawtyDevil) November 8, 2018
Replay of Raheem Sterling as he's "fouled" for that penalty… pic.twitter.com/QSTyBjEe9L
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) November 7, 2018
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