City were awarded a ridiculous spot kick after the England man tripped over his own feet in the Champions League on Wednesday night and Murphy says the referee is to blame
Danny Murphy has backed Raheem Sterling and insists he was not at fault for Manchester City’s controversial penalty during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Blues were awarded a ridiculous spot kick at the Etihad Stadium after the England forward tripped himself up in the box.
Sterling kicked the turf as he attempted to chip the goalkeeper, and was given a penalty kick
While not as obvious at full speed, replays made it clear there was no contact from the nearby defender as Sterling went to ground.
The City star didn’t even appeal for a penalty and yet one was awarded by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai, with Gabriel Jesus scoring to put City on their way to a massive 6-0 win over the champions of Ukraine.
Sterling came under heavy fire on social media over the incident, with some accusing him of falling too easily while others said he should have owned up to the referee.
LINESMAN’S VIEW: Officials did not get a clear view on the incident and awarded a spot kick
But Murphy has defended the 23-year-old, saying on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Let’s make sure we give the blame to the right person, and that’s the referee.
“That was a really bad decision.
“When you watch it again, it’s laughable how he didn’t see it.”
Listen to what Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy thought of the incident IN FULL in the clip below…