On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became – to our knowledge – the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe.
Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly connecting with the ball he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor.
Shakhtars Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot.
Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleagues blushes.
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Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win.
“I went to chip the ball and dont know what happened. I didnt feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after.
Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a “comical mistake” on BT Sport. And heres a few other reactions.
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Raheem Sterling has apologised to the referee and Shakhtar Donetsk for the penalty he won in Manchester Citys 6-0 win over the Ukrainian side in the Champions League on Tuesday.
City were awarded two penalties by referee Viktor Kassai on the night, with the first coming when Sterling fell over after kicking the floor under no pressure from an opponent.
The officials thought Sterling had been tripped, but he told BT Sport: “I went to chip the ball and I dont know what happened next. I ended up on the floor and turned around.
Sterling did apologise to the referee: I went to chip the ball and dont know what happened, he said. I didnt feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref.