Date printed: Saturday 17th October 2020 11:59
Pep Guardiola has defended striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for placing his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
Aguero, making his first look since June after a knee damage, disputed a throw-in name which went in opposition to him early within the second half of Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
After arguing his case with Massey-Ellis, Aguero then put his arm round her shoulder as she started to stroll away – actions which drew consideration on social media and led his former team-mate Micah Richards to say on Sky Sports activities that Aguero ought to “know higher”.
Below guidelines launched in 2016 gamers could be cautioned or despatched off for touching match officers relying on the character of the incident, however Aguero’s actions went unpunished.
That is gross, unprofessional, and unacceptable pic.twitter.com/N0iGzr73fS
— Emily Anderson (@EmCAnderson) October 17, 2020
In his post-match press convention, Guardiola stated: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest individual I ever met in my life.
“Search for issues in different conditions, not on this one.”
Aguero, who performed a key function in organising Raheem Sterling’s decisive 23rd-minute aim, was changed after 65 minutes of his comeback look.