BEMUSED viewers claim an interviewer offering to remove something from Raheem Sterling’s eyes and then forgetting what to ask him was the “strangest thing” ever.
Fans even believe that Sky Sports’ attempt to question the Chelsea goal hero was more exciting than the thrilling 4-4 draw with Manchester City.
Sterling and injury-time penalty taker Cole Palmer appeared in front of the camera after their crucial appearances against old club City at Stamford Bridge.
But the questioning came to a standstill when the interviewer apparently discovered grass in the striker’s eye.
The reporter asked if he could help Sterling take it off – but when he reached his hand forward, the smiling England star pushed it away and wiped his eye with his own jersey.
The TV man then admitted that he couldn’t remember his question.
One fan wrote: “You’ve been mentioned like 17,000 times but you need to talk about Patrick Davison trying to take Raheem Sterling out of his sight on live TV. There’s breaking the fourth wall and then there’s this.”
Another wrote: “The Sky interview with Sterling and Palmer was so scary! When he reached out to remove whatever it was from Sterling’s eyes, yuck.”
Many viewers couldn’t believe what they were seeing – or not seeing, thanks to the dismissal of the proceedings.
This was a verdict: “I think the weirdest thing was that guy tried to finger Sterling’s eyeball, what a freak!”
One fan wondered, “What planet is this interviewer on who thinks it’s okay to stop and try to take a piece of grass out of Sterling’s eye in the middle of the interview?”
It was a sensational finale to one of the games of the season so far – as City returned to the top of the Premier League with a one-point lead over Liverpool.
Erling Haaland’s controversial penalty was canceled out by a header from Thiago Silva and Sterling rounded off a spirited move.
But Manuel Akanji nodded at City level and Haaland put the champions in the lead.
Nicolas Jackson then made it 3-3, but Rodri was able to restore the visitors’ lead late on with a deflected 20-yarder.
But Palmer, who moved to the Etihad midfield for £40m in the summer, calmly equalized in the fifth minute of added time.
A great advert for the Prem – “especially,” said one fan, “the end when the interviewer tried to remove something from Sterling’s eye lol”.