Erling Haaland labeled as “shameless” after this season’s competitor against Barcelona

Erling Haaland managed to win a stoppage time penalty for Manchester City during yesterday’s charity match against Barcelonabut his so-called “dive” into the build-up has been branded “shameless” by fans.

Two of European football’s biggest clubs engaged in a six-goal thriller at the Nou Camp on Wednesday in a match held to raise funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

More than 90,000 fans watched as former Barcelona goalkeeper and assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the incurable neurodegenerative disease in 2020, received a standing ovation.

All funds raised through ticket sales for the match will go towards helping ALS research.

In terms of action on the pitch, Pep Guardiola’s side took an early lead in the charity fundraiser through new signing Julian Alvarez.

Barcelona pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie De Jong, who have both been linked with the Premier League this summer, hit back to make it 2-1 before City youngster Cole Palmer equalized with 20 minutes remaining.

Memphis Depay then put Barca ahead with a fine finish from close range. And then this happened.

As you can see in the footage above, Erling Haaland was running towards goal in the 97th minute when he fell to the ground after minimal contact from former Chelsea back Andreas Christensen.

Then, to the surprise of many, City were awarded a penalty thanks to Haaland’s theatrics and Riyad Mahrez emphatically converted to make it 3-3.

Here’s another angle on the incident.

Social media were quick to comment on Haaland’s antics during Wednesday night’s training match at Camp Nou.

Commenting on the clip, one fan said: “Btw, the penalty Haaland won is one of the softest penalties I’ve ever seen. He really took two steps before going down after the lightest touch from Christensen. If this was a competitive game, I would smoke.”

Another wrote: “No, that penalty has killed me. Haaland dived and laughed at the defender,” while a third said: “Haland that was such a shameless man, but I’ll take it.”

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