Sterling apologises for bizarre spot-kick stumble

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City is fouled and a penalty is awarded during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling regrets how he won a penalty for the club in Wednesday’s 6-0 thrashing over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League

The 23-year-old comically fell to the ground while attempting to take a shot at goal with Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko not so much as laying a finger on him.

Yet referee Viktor Kassai awarded City a spot-kick, which hat-trick hero Gabriel Jesus slotted home.

“I went to chip the ball and I don’t know what happened next,” Sterling told BT, via Sky Sports.

“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 (Viktor Kassai) and apologies to Shakhtar.”

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Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca labelled the referee’s decision to award City that penalty as “ridiculous”.

Sterling would later get on the scoresheet himself along with David Silva and Riyad Mahrez to move City three points clear at the top of Group F.