Date: 8th November 2018 at 10:02am
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Raheem Sterling has been in scintillating form for both club and country for most, if not the whole of the season. In fact, I will go as far as to say the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is playing the best football of his life and yet he makes one HONEST mistake during last night’s Champions League 6-0 thumping of Shakhtar Donetsk and the press, as predicted, jump on his back for being a cheat.

Incident

Twenty four minutes into the game and while he’s being shadowed by defender Mykola Matviyenko Raheem enter the Shakhtar’s penalty area at a million miles an hour and as he is about to pull the trigger the England international accidentally kicks a lump out of the Etihad turf. Gravity and momentum kick in, and he slumps to the deck. At first glance, it looks as if he’s been tackled from behind hence the reason why match referee Viktor Kassai blows for a penalty.

Replays show Sterling had stubbed his foot and video evidence confirms not one Manchester City player, including Raheem appealed for a foul – there wasn’t one, and yet Mr. Magoo (additional official) who had a clear and unobstructed line of sight, and stood a few feet away from the incident assists the ref by pointing his handheld instrument towards the penalty spot.

City scored when Gabriel placed the ball into the corner but the event itself in which Raheem later apologised stoked up a raft of abuse and insults from trolls who claim the man cheated.

Sterling told 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.”

Pep Guardiola: “We realised it wasn’t a penalty. We don’t like to score in that situation.”

Raheem Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong

Raheem could have held his hands up and told the official about his blunder but would / could he have changed the referees mind? No, of course not.

Media meltdown + Twitter twaddle

It must it be time for the Sterling haters to bugger off and leave him to get on with his career – surely?

 

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