The Man City defender conceded 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.
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
Classic penalty though
— Stewart Weir (@sweirz) 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
Pure stupidity from Kyle Walker. Brainless
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 18, 2018
I mean, what is Walker thinking there? Such a ridiculous foul to give away when the team is incredibly comfortable. #worldcup
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— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) June 18, 2018
I don’t know how Walker’s foul there was Sterling’s fault, but I’m sure we can blame him somehow.
— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) June 18, 2018
Soft or not, stupidity from Walker.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 18, 2018
Despite a number of good chances to add another goal, England went into half-time level at 1-1.