Stub your toe, win a penalty – worst decision ever?


Was it the worst penalty decision ever?


On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became - to our knowledge - the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe.

Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly hitting leather he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor.

Shakhtar's Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot.

Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleague's blushes.

Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win.

Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a "comical mistake" on BT Sport. And here's a few other reactions.

There were inevitable falling over memes...

Fall over

There was the disbelief...


There was the obligatory joke...


And while it was all a bit too much for this guy...


This guy summed up the thoughts of the football community...


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