Erling Haaland: Fans Slam Manchester City Striker After He Dived in Friendly Match Against Barcelona

Erling Haaland: Fans Slam Manchester City Striker After He Dived in Friendly Match Against Barcelona

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
In this article:
  • Erling Haaland has attracted the wrath of football fans after he went down easily in the penalty area in Manchester City's game against Barcelona
  • Haaland won the penalty that denied Barcelona victory, but fans have claimed that it was a blatant dive from the Norwegian
  • Manchester City and Barcelona were playing in a charity match at the Camp Nou

Football fans have criticised Manchester City striker Erling Haaland after he allegedly cheated match officials to win his side a penalty.

Haaland went down to the faintest of touches inside the penalty area in Manchester City's game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Barcelona, dive
Erling Haaland reacts during Manchester City's game against Barcelona. Photo by Jose Breton.
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City played out to an entertaining three-all draw against the Spanish giants in a charity game. The tie was headed in Barcelona's favour until Haaland was adjudged to have been fouled by former Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

Video replays show that there was minimal touch and many fans have therefore passed judgement that it was a dive.

Riyad Mahrez stepped up to score the penalty in additional time of the game to even the tie. Julian Alvarez and Cole Plamer scored the other goals for Manchester City, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Memphis Depay and Frenkie De Jong got the goals for Xavi Hernandez's side.

Kevin Daramell said,

Football is the biggest cheating sport in the world the rules are broken every 5 minutes in every game.

Howie tweeted,

Diving in a charity match, have some respect and drop the attitude, you clown.

While Footymemes added,

No way Erling Haaland tried to dive in a charity match.

Be the judge, dive or clear foul?

Haaland and City will now shift their focus to their next Premier League game when they host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Chelsea fans praise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after striker scores against Manchester City

At the same time, Sports Brief has reported that Chelsea fans have already started raving about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gabon international’s performance against Manchester City on Wednesday, August 24.

Aubameyang could soon be back in English’s top-tier football, with Chelsea highly interested in his services.

Barcelona has little choice in keeping the striker, as they need to free up funds to register defender Jules Kounde.

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