Sergio Aguero: Man City forward avoids retrospective action for touching lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis during Arsenal match
Oct. 18, 2020
No retrospective action will be taken against Sergio Aguero for touching lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis during Man City’s defeat of Arsenal.
Aguero was caught on camera placing his hand on assistant referee Massey-Ellis’ shoulder during the first half of Saturday’s fixture at the Etihad.
Touching a match official is usually punished by a yellow card, unless the physical approach is deemed aggressive in which case the player will be shown a red card.
But Aguero avoided any punishment during the match, and the Guardian claim he will also NOT face any retrospective action over the incident.
City manager Pep Guardiola defended his player as ‘the nicest person I ever met in my life’.
Guardiola said of Aguero, who was making his first appearance since June after recovering from a knee injury: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life.
“Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.”
City have been playing without a striker in recent weeks with Gabriel Jesus also sidelined, and Guardiola admitted he did not yet know when the Brazilian will return.
“Gabriel still has problems,” he added . “The injury he has is in his quadriceps. I think we have to be calm and cautious because he’s still not on the field training.
“This is why we struggled a lot from the beginning [of the season], because of the lack of preparation and the number of absences, and that is why we are not able to play at the level for 90 minutes consistently.
“But we have had good news with Bernardo [Silva] back, Phil [Foden] very good, Riyad [Mahrez] outstanding and Rodri very good. I’m satisfied with what we’ve done so far with the situation we have.”
Aguero, who played a key role in setting up Raheem Sterling’s 23rd-minute winning goal, was replaced after 65 minutes of his comeback appearance.
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