A Seamus Coleman tackle on Raheem Sterling is one of the main talking points to come out of the thrilling Premier League clash between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium, which finished in a 1-1 draw.
In the first half of what was a a thoroughly enjoyable tussle, the Republic of Ireland captain flew in late to a tackle on Sterling and planted his studs on the former Liverpool man's leg in a wince-inducing challenge that he was lucky not to get sent off for.
In fact, he wasn't even yellow carded for the challenge, which actually bent Sterling's leg backwards. Former Premier League ref Howard Webb was calling the shots on BT Sport and called the tackle an "ankle breaker".
Beautiful from Seamus Coleman💪💙 pic.twitter.com/sB9G1Wh090
— Molly Harrison (@MollyOHarrison) October 15, 2016
Sterling puede dar gracias por seguir en el campo. Terrible entrada de Coleman al tobillo. #SienteLaPremier pic.twitter.com/80nLbfnDKI
— Fútbol en Movistar Plus+ (@MovistarFutbol) October 15, 2016
Strong challenge from Seamus Coleman on Raheem Sterling against the ankle! pic.twitter.com/n1reQ1HKnC
— Eleven Sports SG (@ElevenSportsSG) October 15, 2016
The Twitterati were, as always, quick to voice their disapproval...and bemusement that ref Michael Oliver hadn't sent off the man from Killybegs.
Coleman is a very lucky boy to be on the pitch. He has absolutely hammered the Sterling. German commentary aghast at tackle.
— Ian McCourt (@ianmccourt) October 15, 2016
That was a nasty one on Sterling, although accidental from Coleman - he's up and walking and ready to come back on, amazingly
— Stuart Brennan (@StuartBrennan63) October 15, 2016
That's an atrocious tackle from Coleman on Sterling. It's a leg breaker. Not even a yellow? It looked terrible at normal speed
— Johnny Heavey (@JohnnyH1857) October 15, 2016
It was uncharacteristically sloppy from Coleman. Maybe he heard Sterling professing a love for Instagram and Louis Vuitton bags.