Yaya says Sterling did not deserve match ban
YAYA Toure has suggested City manager Pep Guardiola may not approve of Raheem Sterling’s england ban.
england boss Gareth Southgate acted decisively after the Blues winger became involved in an altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez at St George’s Park, standing the forward down from last night’s euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.
There has been plenty of debate about the incident – which had its origins 24 hours earlier when the players clashed during a top-ofthe-table Premier League clash at Anfield – with some supporting Southgate’s action and others deeming it harsh.
Toure sides with his former City team-mate, believing the issue has been overblown.
“Pep Guardiola could be a little bit disappointed with him (Southgate),” Toure said.
“Raheem is still young and learning. If my player acted like that, being angry and showing himself like this, I would be very happy.
“This means he wants to win and achieve – that is important.
“A player without this character, for me, is nonsense.
“I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen. In the game they were face to face and then straight to the international team.
“The manager does not have to be involved. It’s not good for the player’s mentality.
“Raheem is one of the best players in england at the moment.”
City legend Yaya Toure