Manchester City won 2-1 at Bournemouth thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal in the 8th minute of added time(!), but the England international will be unavailable when City host Liverpool in two weeks, after receiving a second yellow card right after the celebrations for his goal were over.
Sterling ran to the corner of the stands where City’s fans were watching the game from. Even before reaching the corner, some of the fans had already spilled over the pitch, and somehow he found himself among them, along with other City players.
Once the… confusion was over, Mike Dean, the referee of the match, showed Sterling a second yellow card, feeling that it was his ‘excessive’ celebrations that had sparked City fans’… mini-pitch invasion.
I don’t understand, maybe someone can call me and explain. I don’t understand. He went there to celebrate, then he came back, so I don’t know what happened. I would like to know because now Raheem won’t be able to play against Liverpool
Pep Guardiola told reporters after the game.
We cannot celebrate our feelings with our fans? Tell me the reason why. Maybe we should play with no fans
the Catalan manager said, clearly frustrated with Dean’s decision to punish Sterling with a second yellow card.