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Man City waiting on Aguero injury update as Guardiola admits seven dropped points is ‘a lot’

Pep Guardiola is still waiting on an update regarding the injury picked up by Sergio Aguero against West Ham, with the Manchester City boss more concerned at seeing two points dropped in a 1-1 draw.

The Blues have taken just eight points from the 15 on offer through the opening five games of their 2020-21 campaign.

That return has them sat 11th in the table, while they now face the prospect of being without their all-time leading goalscorer for the foreseeable future after seeing Aguero forced off against the Hammers.

Asked about his Argentine frontman on the back of a frustrating afternoon against the Hammers, Guardiola told BT Sport: “Injury. No, I don’t know [what it is].

“It looks like a muscular injury.”

City are far from being the only title hopefuls to have suffered an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign this season, but Guardiola admits that his side have work to do after finding a winning formula elusive once again in the East End.

He said, after seeing half-time substitute Phil Foden cancel out a spectacular opener from Michail Antonio: “We started really good, we concede a goal the first time they arrive. They defend so deep and we had the chance at the end to score the goal. Now we move forward.

“I think we didn’t play bad except for the last 10 minutes of the first half. They have many players arriving in the box, we had periods of that but we had the chances to score and we didn’t.

“We started really well. We suffered in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half. In the second half we were better and scored early. We had the chances we needed to win the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t score.

“We created enough. Their defenders were defending so deep so it’s difficult to find spaces, but we had the chances.

“I’m not a guy who can predict the future. We’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot. But we’ve struggled a lot for many reasons. We have to take things game by game and see what happens.”

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Neville calls on Sergio Aguero to apologise for Massey-Ellis incident

‘No football player should EVER put their hands on an official’: Gary Neville calls on Sergio Aguero to apologise for grabbing shoulder of Sian Massey-Ellis and insists Man City star’s ‘mistake’ was worse because she’s a woman

  • Sergio Aguero was encouraged to apologise for grabbing shoulder of official
  • The Argentian placed his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis during his game vs Arsenal
  • Gary Neville called on striker to apologise despite facing no retrospective action
  • Television pundit says the incident was worse because Massey-Ellis is a woman 

Gary Neville has called on Sergio Aguero to apologise after the Manchester City striker grabbing the shoulder of official Sian Massey-Ellis.

The Argentinian stirred controversy when he placed his hand on Massey-Ellis’s shoulder after she awarded Arsenal a throw-in in the first half. 

As it stands, Aguero has no plans to apologise for his actions and will not be forced to by Man City, according to the Telegraph.   

Sergio Aguero has been encouraged to apologise after he placed his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis

Gary Neville says he should apologise and incident was worse because she’s a woman

According to the rules, players can be cautioned or sent off if they touch officials, but he did not receive any punishment. 

Former player-turned-pundit Neville says the striker’s actions were a ‘mistake’, while insisting it was made worse because Massey-Ellis is a woman.  

‘No football player should ever put their hands on an official, whether they be female or male,’ Neville told CNN Sport.

‘Aguero did make a mistake on Saturday. I think it’s obviously worse by the fact that he put his hands on a female official, which he should never have done.

 It has been revealed the Argentinian will face no retrospective action for the incident

The Man City forward complained to Sian Massey-Ellis over a throw-in decision  

Sportsmail revealed earlier Aguero will face no retrospective action for the incident, but Neville revealed he thinks the striker should still issue an apology.

‘I think [he] would be best served by apologising and getting it over and done with rather than trying to defend the fact that it probably was an instinctive reaction,’ he added.  




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Aguero will not face action for touching female assistant referee

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not face punishment for touching a female assistant referee in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal in the English Premier League.

The Argentine star confronted Sian Massey-Ellis after he disputed her decision to award a throw-in against his team, touching her on the neck and shoulder before the official swatted him away.

Players can be cautioned for physical contact with a referee if it is deemed non-aggressive and can be sent off if it is considered to be aggressive and/or confrontational.

Retrospective charges can only be brought against a player for touching an official if their actions are adjudged as being aggressive and/or confrontational.

Aguero went unpunished during the match and the referee’s governing body in England said the incident was not deemed aggressive or threatening.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Aguero in the post-match news conference.

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

Aguero, who is City’s all-time record goalscorer and was playing his first game since June after knee surgery, was criticised by his former team-mate Micah Richards who said on Sky Sports he should “know better”.

The incident also caused a storm on social media, with many criticising the player’s actions.

Samantha Lewis, a women’s football writer, said Aguero intended to intimidate Massey-Ellis by the way he touched her.

Football writer Liam Twomey slammed Guardiola’s defence of Aguero’s actions.

Tatjana Haenni, director of women’s football at the Swiss Football Association and formerly at football’s world governing body FIFA, said Aguero’s gesture merited at least a yellow card and, while probably not aggressive, it was patronising and sent the wrong message to women looking to enter the game.

“It’s exactly why women sometimes don’t feel comfortable in football,” she told Al Jazeera.

“Maybe that’s why we don’t have so many women in football because we are constantly told what to do, and how this works, and how this is – and we have to adapt to that environment.”

Haenni said far more women needed to be given roles as referees, coaches and in leadership positions in football’s governing bodies so that it becomes regarded as normal that women are in the game.

She added that a strong message on Saturday’s incident would be welcome from the player.

“If Aguero is such a nice guy, as Mr Guardiola says, he just needs to say ‘I’m sorry, that was stupid, I didn’t mean it and I will try to make it better, and I will respect women in football as well, I hope there will be more women in the game’.

“That would be a really great message from him.”

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