Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has apologised for his botched panenka against Chelsea this afternoon.
The Argentine spurned the opportunity to put Pep Guardiola’s side 2-0 up, in a game that could have sealed the Premier League title.
But the Blues’ subsequent comeback means that City will have to wait.
Aguero, who is leaving the Etihad this summer, wrote on Twitter: “I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty. It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility.”
Thomas Tuchel and football fans were left surprised as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling avoided a red card for a challenge on Chelsea striker Timo Werner.
The City attacker took a heavy touch inside his own half and Werner tried to steal possession and begin a counter attack.
Sterling flew into a 50-50 challenge with his studs up and caught the German on the knee, who then rolled around in pain as the City man had an anxious look over to the referee.
Anthony Taylor showed a yellow card to the City No 7 and after a VAR check, the decision to stick with the on-field decision was made, much to the surprise of fans on social media.
After the match, Chelsea boss Tuchel said: “I think Raheem Sterling was lucky to be on the field after he had a huge foul on Timo Werner.”
One fan tweeted: ‘Obviously a red. 30 minutes later he would have given it. But refs are humans and he didn’t want to ruin a potentially decent game. Shame but true, they do it week in and week out. That’s why 70 of all cards are towards the end of games. Because it makes no difference.’
Another fan argued: ‘How’s VAR not given a red card here? I’ve seen reds given for less this season! Typical for Sterling to score the goal as well’
Someone else tweeted: ‘Raheem Sterling should’ve been given a red card by Anthony Taylor for this… Not the first time Anthony Taylor makes controversial decisions against Chelsea in big games.’
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have vowed to go to war with Uefa over threats to throw them out of European competition for sticking to the Super League plans.
The three clubs have been warned by the governing body they face a two-year ban from their competitions unless they finally give up their intention to play in the rebel tournament.
But in a joint statement released this morning, the football superpowers doubled down on their refusal to give up on the project and made it clear they think the law is on their side.
Real, Barca and Juve are all now prepared to fight it through the courts to challenge any Uefa ban as they desperately try to cling on to the ESL dream which will save them from the financial turmoil they have left themselves in.