Jamie Carragher defends Raheem Sterling over penalty incident v Shakhtar

Raheem Sterling wins penalty vs Shakhtar

Manchester City and Raheem Sterling caused a bit of a stir against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday evening.

While the Citizens ran out impressive 6-0 winners against the Ukranian champions, the way their second goal came about was very controversial.

Raheem Sterling appeared to be tripped in the penalty area but on closer inspection, the English winger simply kicked the turf and fell over.

However, the referee awarded a penalty without hesitation, with Gabriel Jesus then scoring the resulting spot kick.

The incident sparked a lot of debate on social media. Should Sterling have owned up and tried to sway the referee's decision?

Well, Jamie Carragher has weighed in on the situation and has made a very good point about Sterling possibly owning up to the referee.

He wrote in his Telegraph column: "Let me tell you from the outset, if I was playing in a match and the referee wrongly gave my team a penalty, there is no way I would want the team-mate involved telling the official he should not give it.

"Would I – or any defender – tell the referee to give a penalty if I made a foul in the box but it was deemed a fair tackle? No chance.

"Having said that, I wish Raheem had been inspired by that famous Robbie Fowler episode against Arsenal in 1997, when he pleaded with the ref not to penalise David Seaman.

Sterling on the ball vs Shakhtar

"Not because it was his duty to tell the officials they got it wrong, but because it would help shift public opinion of Raheem."

Carragher makes a very good point.

No defender in the world would admit to a foul if it was given, so why should Sterling harm his team's chances by trying to correct a similar mistake from the referee?

It's not as if the referee would have changed his mind, either.

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