Sergio Aguero to face no action after grabbing referee's shoulder

Sergio Aguero to face no action after grabbing referee's shoulder

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will face no action after grabbing the shoulder of an assistant referee following their win against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Argentine grabbed the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis when arguing a throw-in decision given to Arsenal when he put his hand on her shoulder.

The player is thought not to have any malice to the official with his manager Pep Guardiola having already defended him.

Guardiola while speaking after the game insisted that the striker’s action was clearly not aggressive.

“Come on guys, Sergio is the nicest person I have met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one,” he said.

Aguero who was making his first appearance since June following a knee injury had earlier been criticized for his action team-mate Micah Richards telling Sky Sports that the striker should "know better".

Rules introduced in 2016 mean players can be cautioned or sent off if they touch match officials, depending on the nature of the incident, but he did not receive any kind of punishment.

The player was withdrawn in the 65th minute for Gundogan after setting up Raheem Sterling’s goal which proved to be the winner.

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