Raheem Sterling could have easily been sent off on two occasions for Manchester City during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur – and Ryan Mason has claimed on Twitter that the England attacker should have seen red for a tackle on Dele Alli.
Spurs won the match 2-0 thanks to goals from new signing Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min, after Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent. Manchester City had dominated – missing a penalty through Ilkay Gundogan, while Sergio Aguero hit the post.
Sterling was shown a yellow card in the first half by referee Mike Dean for a tackle on Alli. Replays showed that Sterling’s studs were up, scraping his foot down Alli’s ankle in somewhat of a stamping motion – but VAR did not overrule Dean’s decision.
The England star was then adjudged by Dean to have dived in the aftermath of Gundogan’s missed penalty, in an attempt to win another spot-kick, but a second yellow was not forthcoming. Spurs coach Mason reckons Sterling should have seen red.
Just seen the sterling challenge! How has a red not been given? Dele lucky to not have a serious injury
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) February 2, 2020
TBR’s view – Should Sterling have seen red?
Replays in slow motion are renowned for making tackles look a lot worse than they actually are, and perhaps in this incident, that is the case. Sterling is late, and does catch Alli with a nasty tackle – but it is probably more a yellow, than a red.
Certainly, we have seen red cards for similar tackles this season. But for Sterling to avoid a red card after going down before Hugo Lloris has even touched the ex-Liverpool attacker is perhaps more of a shock. He deserved a second yellow for diving.