'Cunning the ref': Manchester City star awarded 'worst penalty ever'

Manchester City’s Champions League fixture against minnows Shakhtar Donetsk was expected to be a one-sided affair.

But nothing could have prepared football fans for Manchester City being on the receiving end of perhaps one of the worst penalty decisions ever seen.

Raheem Sterling was gifted a penalty after blatantly kicking the turf as he prepared for a shot, sending him flailing to the pitch.

“Oh that’s shocking, he kicks the floor,” said the commentators.

Raheem Sterling kicked the turf then hit the deck in the penalty area. Pic: Optus Sport

“He kicks the floor, that’s remarkable.

“That is one of the worst penalty decisions you will ever see.”

The pacey English attacker was quickly awarded a penalty for his embarrassing attempt at a shot, despite defender Mykola Matyvenko not even being close enough to make contact.

Shakhtar Donetsk players looked on in disbelief as the referee pointed to the penalty spot, and after replays showed the obvious, they reacted.

“You know you can tell by players reactions,” the commentators continued.

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City trips over for a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

“Well I thought ‘there’s not been any contact, he didn’t look close enough to make any contact’.

“It’s given Gabriel Jesus the chance, controversially, to make it 2-0 to City.”

While many called for a review of the decision, the Champions League is yet to introduce a video assistant referee (VAR) system into its competition.

It’s fair to say, social media went wild:

Sterling made amends to some extent early in the second half, scoring an incredible solo goal for Manchester City to make it 3-0.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (centre) battles for the ball with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Viktor Kovalenko (right) and Maycon during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Magnificent from Raheem Sterling, he can maybe put the controversy behind him now because that is what he’s best at,” the commentators said.

More to come.