Manchester City were the fortunate recipients of one of the most outrageous penalty decisions you’ll ever see tonight, as the Premier League champions head turn their attention to Europe.
Pep Guardiola’s side hosted Ukrainian cracks Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad this evening knowing a victory would see them put one foot in the Champions League knockout stages, and fans didn’t have to wait too long for the opening goal.
The mercurial David Silva opened the scoring on 13 minutes but the real talking point of the first-half was the penalty scored by Gabriel Jesus on 24 minutes.
The spot-kick itself was fairly unremarkable, but the events leading up to the award were nothing short of farcical, as Raheem Sterling went sprawling to the turf without any contact with a Shakhtar defender:
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
We’re not accusing Sterling of intentionally diving, as you can see his feet definitely catch the turf as he runs, but how on Earth can the referee give a penalty for that?
What has the official seen to make him think Sterling has been fouled?
What do you think?