Richard Keys insists Sterling should be punished for diving v Everton
Richards Keys has questioned why Raheem Sterling has not been charged by the FA for diving against Everton on Sunday.
Manchester City ran out 3-0 winners against the Toffees at the Etihad Stadium, but the England international won a penalty with the scores still goalless, only for VAR to rule it out.
Sterling clearly dived, and while the hosts eventually got their goals and strolled to a comfortable victory, Keys wants him punished.
The veteran broadcaster wrote on his blog: “Once again there wasn’t a word of condemnation from English sportswriters or watchers. Why not? I’ll say it again – it’s cheating. And when [Mohamed] Salah used to do it we were all over him.
“And now, it seems, it’s ok for Sterling to do it both in an England jersey and City light blue. Well let me say this – no it’s not ok.
“Why haven’t the FA charged him retrospectively? He dived. It’s was as clear as day. A ban should follow.
“Ask Matty Godden about taking a dive. He missed Coventry’s next two games after going over easily v Fulham. He was charged retrospectively. Why hasn’t Sterling been? Oh – hang on – he plays for England and City doesn’t he?”
Everton did not have a lot of complaints after VAR struck out the penalty, but the FA surely should be doing something about this.
The Man City winger went down without contact from Michael Keane, and he keeps escaping punishment despite regularly doing so for club and country.
The Premier League prides itself on being the best in the world, but cases like these make them a laughing stock.
Richarlison or another Everton player would have likely been in trouble by now had roles been reversed.
The FA have struggled with being consistent with some of their calls these days, and not punishing Sterling would be unfair on the Toffees.
The game must be fair, and if serial cheats keep getting away with diving, they should not expect it to stop anytime soon.
The academy kids are watching and they will be convinced that conning the referees into awarding them a penalty for diving is not wrong.
It is, and something has to change if the FA want to protect the values of the beautiful game.