Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola believes that striker Sergio Agüero cannot be blamed for an incident with the female assistant referee on Saturday in the Premier League top match against Arsenal. The mishap led to a stir in England.
Unclear whether FA is still taking action
Just before half-time in the Etihad Stadium, Agüero complained to assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis, because in his eyes he wrongly gave a throw-in to Arsenal. The 32-year-old Argentinian then put his hand on her neck.
Agüero’s action caused a lot of criticism on social media and analysts also expressed themselves. “Sergio shouldn’t do this,” said Micah Richards, who played with the forward for years at Manchester City. Guardiola was also asked about Agüero’s action afterwards at the press conference and he said there was little going on.
“I know Sergio as the nicest person I’ve ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not here. Come on,” said Guardiola.
Nothing was done on the field with Agüero’s action and it is not yet clear whether the English Football Association FA will take action. According to the rules, a player can be warned or dismissed when touching a match official.
Agüero eventually played 65 minutes against Arsenal, after which he was replaced by Ilkay Gündogan. The 0-1 final score, by a goal from Raheem Sterling, was already on the scoreboard at that moment.
It was City’s second victory this season, which is ninth in the Premier League with seven points from four games.
Joy at Manchester City after Raheem Sterling’s goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)