The Man City defender yield to a controversial spot-kick after catching a Tunisia player with a high arm
England’s strong start to their World Cup opener against Tunisia was ruined 35 minutes in after Kyle Walker was whistled for a foul in the box on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
With a cross coming into the box, the Manchester City defender threw his arm up and caught the Tunisia attacker in the face, with Ben Youssef immediately going to ground.
The referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot, and Ferjani Sassi buried the ensuing penalty to make it 1-1.
Was Walker the victim of a soft penalty call or was he, as some on social media claim, “brainless”?
As always, there was plenty of debate.
Despite a number of good chances to add another goal, England went into half-time level at 1-1.
The Three Lions would end up taking all three points late, as Harry Kane scored his second goal of the game in stoppage time to give his side a 2-1 win.
Pure stupidity from Kyle Walker. Brainless
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 18, 2018
Say what you will about it being a soft penalty to award, but Kyle Walker is utterly brainless to put his arm out like that. Needless.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) June 18, 2018
— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) June 18, 2018
My timeline full of people saying no penalty? Come on… #WorldCup
— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler7) June 18, 2018
Soft penalty! Yes
Can you give? Yes
Walker silly right there? Yes
Why he didn’t jus head the ball away? Don’t know
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 18, 2018