A furious Alan Shearer slammed Mike Dean’s decision to send off Raheem Sterling on Saturday night’s Match of the Day.
The England winger scored a 96th last-minute winner as Manchester City edged past Bournemouth in the weekend’s opening game.
A jubilant Sterling rushed over to celebrate with the away fans who spilled over the Dean Court hoarding and onto the pitch.
The 22-year-old was surrounded by dozens of supporters as they all celebrated a vital three points for Pep Guardiola’s side.
But as Sterling returned to his half, Mike Dean presented the City star with a second yellow card, sending him off.
The referee’s decision left Shearer riled.
“Talking to referees tonight and they tell me that they have no choice,” began the Match of the Day pundit. “That is the letter of the law. They don’t want to do it.
“We now score the winning goal in the last minute, let’s grab the ball, let’s compose our thoughts, let’s walk back to the halfway line and let’s kick off again… do me a favour, please.
“It’s an emotional game. Raheem Sterling is still on the grass, he’s two yards over the touchline.”
“He knows he can’t do that, though, to be fair Al,” chipped in Phil Neville.
Shearer replied: “OK he can’t do it. So by the letter of the law Mike Dean should book seven Manchester City players because they’ve all jumped on him.
“If you look at Mendy, he’s gesticulating more than anyone else, so he should book seven players. Come on, do me a favour, man, will you?”