Ian Wright claims Raheem Sterling should not have been sent off for his challenge on Raphinha as Manchester City lost to Leeds United on Saturday.

Liam Cooper was shown a straight red card just before half-time for a high tackle on Gabriel Jesus as the Whites won 2-1 at the Etihad.

However, that wasn’t the only moment of controversy throughout the 90 minutes.

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Raphinha was left in a lot of pain when Raheem Sterling appeared to stand on the Leeds winger’s ankle when he was down on the ground trying to make a sliding challenge.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker pointed out that Leeds United fans thought Sterling should have been sent off for a challenge that left Raphinha fuming on Instagram after the game.

However, Arsenal legend Wright fails to see why it should have been a red card.

He told Match of the Day on Saturday night: “You can see that one, he kind of follows through on him but I don’t think it’s a sending off.

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Sterling also stood on Illan Meslier’s hand in the first half after the Leeds goalkeeper made a save.

Wright added: “And it’s the same with here. The goalkeeper gets his hands on it but then you can see it’s there to be won and he’s unfortunately caught him as well so I can understand.”

Later on in the game, Raphinha was wiped out by Fernandinho.

“That’s very cynical. That’s a yellow card. It’s a massive decision,” said Wright.

Alan Shearer weighed in to say: “That’s a yellow card, it’s the right decision for that one as well.”

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Controversies forgotten after huge win

We don’t really care too much about the controversies that happened in the game and the inconsistency shown among officials because, at the end of the day, we won 2-1 against league-leaders Manchester City at the Etihad.

However, as much as we hate to admit it, Cooper’s sending off was the correct decision. While he won the ball, it was high and it was dangerous. There are no complaints from us.

George Baldock should have been sent off last week for Sheffield United but that doesn’t mean Cooper’s wasn’t a red card.

Sterling’s foot placement on Raphinha was naughty. The Man City forward is one of the best with his feet in the whole world so he must have known where he was landing when Raphinha slid in to make the challenge.

Sterling could have got out of the way and that could have been a red card.

The Sterling and Meslier incident was also similar but not as bad in our opinion. Meslier’s hand kind of bounces off the ball as he makes the save and at the same time, Sterling’s foot comes down. We don’t think Sterling could have done much about that.

As for Fernandinho’s on Raphinha late in the game. That was dangerous too as he sent the Brazilian flying and could have really hurt him. We doubt there would have been many protests if that was a sending off too.

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