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Ferdinand blast the referee’s decision to book Sterling for diving

The Manchester United legend believes the City star was unfortunate to win a penalty after seemingly being felled by Samuel Umtiti.

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Rio Ferdinand has criticised referee Viktor Kassai’s decision to book Raheem Sterling for diving against Barcelona.

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Inside the opening quarter of an hour, Sterling cut inside Samuel Umtiti and appeared to be felled by the centre-back, although replays suggested the Manchester City winger went to ground easily.

Rather than award a penalty, referee Kassai booked Sterling for diving and former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes it was the wrong call.

He told BT Sport: “He’s [Sterling] been a threat all night tonight and that’s a definite penalty. Umtiti here, diving in. Straight on his toe. I don’t know what the referee’s playing at.

“I don’t know what game he’s watching. He’s given a booking to the attacking player there and he’s got a great position [to see it].”

Barcelona took the lead through Lionel Messi but Sterling was able to make an impact with a wonderful through ball for Ilkay Gundogan to equalise before half-time.

4 Comments on Ferdinand blast the referee’s decision to book Sterling for diving

  1. The referee really did fuck up jare


  2. That is a penalty


  3. The referee are also humans, so they can make mistake at some point, i really don’t blame them anyway


  4. @Tunde you are absolutely right


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