Manchester City were helped to a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk by a penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling appeared to fall over himself with a defender in relatively close proximity.
The controversial decision came midway through the first-half of a Champions League group stage clash between the two sides at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
It’s been debated online, with some suggesting the player should have owned up after realising there was no contact between him and Mykola Matviyenko.
Following the final whistle, Sterling apologised:
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.
Here are the best tweets and jokes as Raheem Sterling gets a penalty after tripping himself up against Shakhtar Donetsk:
I was closer to Sterling than their defender. And I'm at home.
— Daniel Leach (@Bluemoondan) November 7, 2018
— ℌ𝔢𝔫𝔯𝔦𝔮𝔲𝔢 𝔓. 🍺 (@NEKAHHAKEN) November 7, 2018
*Sterling tripped by himself
— Jonny (@Jonny00488548) November 7, 2018
Worst Sterling fall since Brexit pic.twitter.com/ITlZgVj05g
— Wedgeman Simon (@miniminter) November 7, 2018
Somebody call 911, Shawty Fire Sterling on the dancefloor pic.twitter.com/b0yOqJxDsv
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) November 7, 2018
— تركي (@tut2b) November 7, 2018
“Raheem Sterling VICIOUSLY LASHES OUT at the ground & CUNNINGLY CHEATS his way into winning a penalty for Man City” pic.twitter.com/92EAjuToee
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 7, 2018
Raheem Sterling's M16 assault rifle tattoo gets out of control and wins him a penalty at the Etihad! pic.twitter.com/v5LNwjv39m
— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) November 7, 2018
Lukaku does this he gets laughed at, Sterling does this he gets awarded a penalty kick 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/MfyYCgW7VT
— ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) November 7, 2018
Clear foul by the grass on sterling here. Should've been a straight red pic.twitter.com/6fki1paBL7
— Jacob :D (@lfc_jxcxb) November 7, 2018
— tohajiilee (@yagizhaktan) November 7, 2018
@DailyMailUK so when do I start?
— Jordan (@Jordan_LFC18) November 7, 2018
@boyrakin Man City getting an unfair advantage in a UEFA competition? Shocking.
— Daniel (@DannyJewitt) November 7, 2018
It really begs the question… WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS GUY? pic.twitter.com/pMBhvGCMc5
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) November 7, 2018
Sterling wins a penalty. pic.twitter.com/52mPrIunVX
— Graham Abbott (@HarboroAbbo) November 7, 2018
Sterling's leg tattoo shot itself. Only logical explanation.
— Steven (@StevenMcinerney) November 7, 2018
Deffo penalty!!! How has sterling's left boot escaped a red card there? pic.twitter.com/Bf0eL4hb59
— Unredacted Blue (@quagmireisablue) November 7, 2018
Raheem Sterling now hitting such high levels at Man City that he can win penalties without being tripped or diving. Fair play
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) November 7, 2018
If Sterling had told the ref it wasn't a pen he'd have probably got booked for arguing with the decision
— DaKeB (@Dakeb_MCFC) November 7, 2018
Pep says Sterling could have admitted it was no penalty but that "last season Milner could have admitted it was his pass for our offside goal". #MCFC
— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) November 7, 2018