In a desperate attempt to stop Manchester City star Erling Haaland, some football fans are starting petitions. The 22-year-old’s adaptation to life in the Premier League has left supporters throughout the nation in a state of shock.
Rival fans worry that if Haaland continues ruthlessly in front of goal, the top flight may be over by the end of January.
His absolute dominant persistent performance so far has triggered fans into starting petitions to get him banned from playing.
One petition on Change.org was called “Get Erling Haaland banned from Association Football because it’s just not fair,” referring to the City striker as a robot. As of writing, 703 people have signed it.
“It’s just simply not fair,” a summary of the petition read. “We can make a change. Now is the time for us people to act. This robot should not be allowed to carry on in our country.”
Another petition started by Shane Lee went even further by suggesting that Haaland’s ability to score goals is compromising “national security” and calling for his expulsion from the UK.
The description of the petition, which has so far been signed by 296 people, reads: “Erling Haaland is a serious problem. He shows up out of the blue, and consistently ruins the weekends of the hardworking people of this great nation. This issue must be dealt with in order to protect the mental health of millions in our society.
“To put it shortly, if things don’t change, it will only get worse. This guy is nine league goals away from equaling last season’s golden boot winner. Now is the time to take action. It was all fun and games at the start, but it is now becoming a matter of national security, as he is inflicting severe mental health issues on us all, even if you don’t know it yet.”
Haaland has scored a staggering 15 goals in just nine Premier League games for Manchester City this season, with an additional 5 in three Champions League appearances.
The City talisman – who joined from Borussia Dortmund in May for about £50 million – moved seven goals ahead of Harry Kane who also scored over the weekend, in the battle for the Golden Boot with his goal against Southampton on Saturday.
With 29 games left to play in the league this season, the Norwegian is only eight goals behind Mohammed Salah and Son Heung-min, the joint winners from last year. The brutal hat trick he scored in the Manchester derby against Manchester United was his third of the year, which inevitably raises the question of how many more he can score by May.
In 164 games over the course of his professional career, Haaland has already scored 127 goals while playing for RB Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund, and Manchester City.