Erling Haaland is Scolded by Fans for His 'SHAMELESS' Dive in Man City's Friendly against Barcelona

  • 2 years ago
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has been criticized by fans for his 'shameless' dive that earned him a last-minute penalty in a 3-3 friendly draw against Barcelona, ​​with one fan claiming he could have ' won a gold medal'.

City equalized in the 99th minute after Riyad Mahrez's penalty, but won thanks to the showmanship of City's new signing Haaland, who seemed to drop in the box despite minimal contact from former Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

Fans were left baffled by Haaland's behavior at the end of the game, which was played in aid of ALS awareness in honor of former Barcelona goalkeeper and manager Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. .

The Norwegian star further irritated fans due to his late reaction to what he felt was contact with Christensen, as he glanced back over his shoulder before falling to the grass some three seconds after running past him.

'How the hell was that a feather?' a fan wrote. Haaland should have won a gold medal for that dive.

Another said: 'No, that dive from Haaland was just ridiculous.'
Haaland's behavior was described by another as 'shameless'.

'Haaland wtf man that's the most shameless dive I've ever seen,' he said.

One fan suggested the offense deserved a red card, while another ranted: 'This is why I hate this sport sometimes. Diving is not a strategy, it's a shame.'

Haaland irritated Barcelona fans in particular with his dive, given that the local faithful had risen to their feet to applaud the £53m striker as he warmed up.

'Is that what you get for applauding a player?' a Barcelona fan asked. 'What a nail for Haaland!'

It was an action-packed match in a six-goal thriller in which Julián Álvarez opened the scoring against Xavi's men.

Former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled the match before Frenkie de Jong put the LaLiga giants ahead.

Cole Palmer made it 2-2 before Memphis Depay added a third with ten minutes to go. There was a long stoppage time as Luke Mbete butted heads with Christensen and Haaland ensured City walked away with a draw. It fell easily into the box, but the referee still pointed to the spot, and Mahrez placed it in the box.