David Silva: Liverpool did a Sterling last season…

David Silva: Liverpool \did a Sterling\ last season…

Raheem Sterling defended by ex-Manchester United striker after Man City penalty

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has defended Raheem Sterling against ridiculous claims that he should have told the referee during Wednesday night’s Champions League clash that he did not deserve to win a penalty.

Sterling tripped himself and fell to the ground, ‘earning’ a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk. Some have said he should have somehow turned down the penalty. Because they are idiots.

Not many other professionals would have acted any differently, bearing in mind that even Robbie Fowler was told to go ahead and take the penalty at Highbury in 1997, and that the referee has no obligation to change his mind once he has pointed to the spot. Sterling did not do anything wrong, either in seeking a penalty (he did not), appealing for a penalty (he did not) or not taking the opportunity to dispute the referees decision. What City as a collective could have done had they wished is deliberately missed the penalty or simply rolled the ball to the goalkeeper from the spot, but that would not be Sterlings decision either.

Manchester City penalty against Shakhtar highlights need for VAR

“In this case, he has blown for a penalty that wasn’t a penalty, but there are plenty of times that they miss penalties that are cast-iron.

This foolishness with five officials on the pitch and none able to spot a blatant mistake has to stop. VAR is available, it worked perfectly well at the World Cup and it should be introduced without further delay. Like now, even if we are midway through a competition. The alternative is to risk being a laughing stock all over again and possibly to see a deserving team lose a tie through refereeing incompetence, as happened with Chelsea when they infamously came up against Tom Henning Øvrebø in 2009.

“The goal that was incorrectly disallowed for offside [by Leroy Sane] in the Champions League against Liverpool last season – Liverpool didn’t put their hands up and say, ‘hold on, that wasn’t offside, there you go.”

Nevertheless, with memories of last seasons 3-2 defeat against Jose Mourinhos side still fresh – a result that put a planned title party on hold – Jesus knows their next opponents will not be fearful of Citys recent exploits.

Raheem Sterling has been subject to unfair criticism following the penalty decision against Shakhtar Donetsk, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

A scoreless World Cup leading Brazils attack appeared to leave Jesus short of confidence at the start of this season and he feels a medial knee ligament injury sustained at Crystal Palace last December took an extended toll.

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