On Wednesday 7th November 2018 during the Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk UCL game, we witness a pretty historic moment in footballing history after Raheem Sterling ran into the penalty area, kicked the ground instead of the ball, and was awarded a penalty for doing so.
Raheem Sterling ran into the penalty area, kicked THE GROUND instead of THE BALL, and was awarded a penalty for doing so.
No, no one touched Sterling prior to the ground kicking. No one was even close to touching him. Despite all of this, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Pay a particular attention to Pyatov’s reaction.
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
What angered football fans is the fact that Sterling did apologize after the match, he said to BT Sport:
“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.”
As expected, Twitter had a complete meltdown:
— Scott Watson (@comedy_username) November 7, 2018
This was called a pk 😱
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) November 7, 2018
Those fellas behind the goals claiming to be assistants need sacking… pointless job
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) November 7, 2018
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 7, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 7, 2018
Sterling should have protested that penalty. Big shame really. This is why I support VAR. Unfair penalty against Shaktar.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 7, 2018
Jose Mourinho and Raheem Sterling both get penalties for kicking the floor. 🤷♂️
— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) November 7, 2018
Really really wish that Sterling had shaken his head & ‘fessed up’. Even if he didn’t kick the floor on purpose, he must have known he wasn’t tripped. Would have got huge plaudits.
— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) November 7, 2018
— tohajiilee (@yagizhaktan) November 7, 2018
Not saying that it's the biggest UEFA scandal involving Manchester City this week, but I've just seen the Raheem Sterling penalty decision.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) November 7, 2018
That is possibly the worst refereeing decision I've seen in a long time. Sterling kicks the floor and goes over (not a dive) but Matviyenko was two yards away. Viktor Kassai points to the spot, what is the assistant behind the goal there for if not to challenge that? #UCL #MCISHK
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) November 7, 2018
Can anyone name me a worse decision than the Sterling Pen?
— ⚽️442oons⚽️ (@442oons) November 7, 2018
He may be responsible for the funniest 'assist' of the season but now Sterling's gone and got himself on the scoresheet!
— 90min (@90min_Football) November 7, 2018