The football world was divided by the decision to give Manchester City a penalty Wednesday night.
Although Pep Guardiola's side was too good for Shakhtar Donestk in the Champions League, football figures were polarized by the decision to award a false penalty to Raheem Sterling during the European voyage.
International England received a penalty after hitting the lawn while under pressure from Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviyenko. Although there was no contact from the player, the referee immediately showed the spot to give the set.
Sterling did not ask for the punishment to be overthrown, while Guardiola seemed to tell the fourth official that it was a wrong decision.
However, the world of football has been divided by the incident – and here is a round of reaction to the penalty decision.
What clubs say
Speaking with BT Sports after the game, Sterling responded to the penalty decision.
"I went to chip the ball and I do not know what happened next. I got to the floor and got back," Sterling said.
"I do not think I felt contacted, it was just bad, I hit the floor and I broke the floor, we excused our refusal and we apologized to Shahtiar."
Guardiola reacted immediately to the penalty, reacting to the fourth official, insisting that the decision was wrong. The city manager also took the opportunity to say:
"VAR does not exist in Uefa, so that's the problem, he went to make a chip, fell, but the referee can make a mistake, but the referee has to be helped for the technology.
"It is not nice to score the second goal and win this way. Last season we met against Liverpool, so the referees have to be helped."
The Shakhtar manager, Fonesca, reduced the incident and insisted that the decision did not make a significant difference in the outcome of the match.
It makes no sense to say anything about the penalty after such a result, "Fonseca said Futbol 2.
"We lost because the city is a team on a different level, much, much better than us.
"We were far from trying to do anything [to win]. My team did not look good. They showed no courage, and that disappointed me most.
"You can accept six goals, but it is even worse if you are afraid of your opponents.
"Our biggest problem was fear, lack of courage. That's why we did not try to build the game as we want to do.
"We still have chances to qualify, we have to win the two remaining games and hope to get the right results in other games, and we have to try to do it, but it will be very difficult to achieve."
A view from an arbiter
Former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg said the referee took the decision and indicated that the penalty could have been valid even if Sterling had protested.
"It would have been an incredible sporting event if Raheem Sterling told referee Viktor Kassai that he was wrong to give Manchester City a punishment," wrote Clattenburg in Daily Mail ..
"Even then, it may not have been enough to convince the Hungarian official to change his mind. Arbitrators can keep their own decisions until the game resumes.
"If Sterling was adamant that it was not a punishment, Kassai could have bought time and consulted with his assistants.
"But if the referee were sure he made the right call, he could have made his initial decision."
What thinkers think
Sarcasm is an art
Blatant punishment ♂️ ♂️ pic.twitter.com/STKxEjnHMx
& Mdash; Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 7, 2018
"I think the city's players should have said only:" Listen, it's not a punishment, "he said.
"The worst arbitrary decision," he said.
"This reaction (from Sterling) is brilliant.
"How many refs do they need to get this right?"
Supporters were divided
Sterling should be ashamed of what a cheap
& Mdash; Andybee (@ andybee36) November 8, 2018
Looks like it's a diving
I can do a better dive than #Sterling with my unbounded shoe!
& Mdash; Red (@ware_lad) November 8, 2018
It's not his problem
Raheem Sterling could have said that he committed suicide right now? Or he could have lost his intentional punishment. #ManCityShakhtar
& Mdash; Willy W AFC (@ willywanka) November 8, 2018
Raheem Sterling does not deserve all the pain in the media in general, but really did not help last night – it shows a fundamental lack of integrity.
& Mdash; Sam Marshall (@ samueljoshua90) November 8, 2018
Looking at that incident, I do not think Sterling sank, but he had the perfect opportunity to do the sport. Yes, it was a ridiculous decision, but there must be more of the players "lack of honesty in these situations.
& Mdash; Tom Hancock (@Tom_Hancock_) November 8, 2018
Even United's fans split him up
Why Raheem Sterling should be blamed, it's not his fault that the referee is useless. Should Ashley Young have gone over and said the referee should have been a punishment after he beat Aguero in the last season of Derby? Obviously not. This is no different.
& Mdash; Sibs (@SibsMUFC) November 7, 2018
Should Willy Boly tell her he put her back in the net in August?
Or is it just deceptive when it's Sterling / City? pic.twitter.com/ZKLuWUs8dW
& Mdash; Adam Keyworth (@adamkeyworth) November 8, 2018
I can not wait until a ref makes another horrible decision elsewhere, so that everyone is abusing the defender / attacker that the referee makes a mistake in favor of … oh waiting that it will not happen because no other player is called Raheem Sterling
& Mdash; Aidan (@MCFC_Aidan) November 8, 2018
It's not his problem
You get the naked official naked, the referee and the referee. Three officials could not see that among themselves, not Sterling's job of refereeing the game.
& Mdash; Jordan Buckett (@jordansbuckett) November 8, 2018