Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not be punished for putting his arm on the shoulder of an assistant referee on Saturday.
The veteran hitman made contact with assistant Sian Massey-Ellis during City’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The Argentina hitman was disputing a throw-in decision which had gone the Gunners’ way.
There appeared no malice in his actions but Sky pundit Micah Richards felt the experienced forward should “know better”.
Rules state that players can be booked or sent off for touching match officials. However, it is all down to the nature of the incident and the referee took no action at the time. The Football Association have now reviewed the footage and agree with match officials that no sanction is necessary.
After the match, manager Pep Guardiola had his say on the incident, suggesting it was a mountain from a molehill.
“Come on guys,” he told the assembled media. “Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.”
The clip of Aguero putting his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis is so wrong for sooo many reasons:
❌ You don't touch the ref in any sport
❌ You never grab someone by their neck (just why? Why?!?)
❌ And besides those two common rules…he would never do it with a male ref🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/5UoW74BrB2
— David Eeckhout (@EeckhoutDavid) October 18, 2020
It was a welcome return to winning ways for the Citizens after an indifferent start to the campaign. Raheem Sterling’s first-half strike settled affairs and sees City sitting ninth in the table after four games.
Next up is the visit of Porto as they open their Champions League campaign at home on Wednesday.
Aguero on borrowed time with Messi shadow looming?
The Barcelona forward made no secret of his desire to quit in the summer but remained with the Catalans. Barca’s insistence his release clause is still valid seems to have scuppered any transfer but rumours persist he will leave.
Catalans boss Ronald Koeman feels the Argentina ace may move to City next summer. However, speculation is rife that the City money men may act in January.
The Daily Star are suggesting an offer as low as £15m might be enough to land the world’s top player in the winter window. Whether or no that is the case only time will tell but his arrival might spell the end for Aguero.
The 32-year-old has netted 254 times for the north-west giants and his return is key if City are to challenge.
The sight of two Argentinians in tandem might have the blue half of Manchester salivating. However, it could be a case of one in and one out.
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