Sergio Aguero escaped punishment for making contact with lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis in Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday (AEDT).
The Manchester City striker, who returned to the field after a long break, started for Pep Guardiola’s team and sparked outrage online after an uncomfortable moment with the official.
Aguero and City teammate Riyad Mahrez closed Arsenal defender Gabriel in the back corner of the field before the Brazilian center-back threw the ball off the City striker and made contact.
Massey-Ellis gave Arsenal the throw-in and Aguero, standing in front of the assistant referee, protested aggressively.
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Massey-Ellis ignored Aguero’s protest and walked up the sideline before the Argentine put his left hand around the officer’s neck.
Fortunately for Aguero, Massey-Ellis was happy to continue with it.
But those who watched from home weren’t so forgiving.
“Well, that was wrong … Aguero wtf,” said New Zealand international Rosie White
Well that was not okay... Aguero wtf https://t.co/2WXy0d9DPh— Rosie White (@rosiewhite13) October 17, 2020
“That’s not cool”
This isn’t cool https://t.co/ftcviJHgdo— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) October 17, 2020
“Um, what is Aguero doing here? And why wasn’t he sent away for it? ”
Erm, what is Aguero doing here? And why wasn’t he sent off for it? https://t.co/FmqWtdRK0F— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2020
“‘Take your hands off her’ is my absolute first reaction to that.”
“Get your hands off her” is my absolute first reaction to this https://t.co/wkp6h5lERS— Beth Fisher (@BethFisherSport) October 17, 2020
Guardiola quickly poured cold water on the situation.
“Come on guys,” he said. “Sergio is the nicest person I have ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not this one. ”
Raheem Sterling’s mid-first half goal was enough to restart City’s title challenge after failing to win two of his first three league games of the new season.
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