Raheem Sterling apologises for penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has apologised for a penalty he won in yesterday’s Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk. Midway around the first half, Raheem Sterling fell after he kicked the floor without any contact with Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko. However, the referee Victor Kassai thought this to be a foul from Matviyenko and awarded City a penalty. Gabriel Jesus converted the resulting penalty to score City’s second goal and his first of three goals in the match. Manchester City eventually won the match 6-0 and are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages now. Sterling scored Manchester City’s third goal of the match.

Following the match Sterling said, “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.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola instantly realised that it wasn’t a penalty. He even said that Sterling could have told the referee about the situation. Guardiola said, “You could do that. We don’t like really to score a goal in that situation.”

Manchester City are currently at the top of their Champions League table with 9 points. Their next Champions League fixture is against Lyon on the 27th.

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