Man City will be denied penalties by Sterling's reputation - Ex-PL Ref

By Keith Hackett

17th Jan, 2022 | 7:18pm

Ex-Premier League official: Sterling may stop Man City getting penalties as controversial footage analysed

Raheem Sterling has a reputation for diving and Man City will be denied marginal penalty decisions as a result, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after there was a borderline call in Man City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday (15 January).

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a cross and Sterling tried to get on the end of it.

With the ball out of reach, the England international went to ground as he looked to convince the referee he had been pushed by Chelsea’s Malang Sarr.

“I wouldn’t have given a penalty kick,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“This is a difficulty and the phrase ‘Boy who cried wolf’ comes to mind. He’s built a reputation of going to ground too easily.

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“On some of these marginal decisions, and this was one, the referee is going to adopt a slightly defensive approach and go ‘No’. He doesn’t want to get caught by giving a penalty and being fooled as referees have been in the past.

“In fairness to Sterling in recent matches, he’s done a lot less of it, to his credit.

“Someone like his manager might have had a quiet word with him in his ear.”

De Bruyne’s sixth Premier League goal of the season was enough to settle the game.

City are now 11 points clear at the top of the table although that would be cut to eight points if Liverpool win their game in hand.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Man City could set a new Premier League record after a £128million financial reveal.