Aguero disputed a throw-in that was awarded to the Gunners and questioned assistant Sian Massey-Ellis, before putting his hand on her neck. According to the rules, touching a match official with aggression or threatening action could result in a yellow or red card for the offending player, however referee Chris Kavanagh took no action as it was deemed not an aggressive or threatening to the official.
That stance seemed to have been backed up by the PGMOL, the governing body for officials, who also feel Aguero’s actions were not done so with any aggression or in a threatening way.
After the match, manager Pep Guardiola dismissed the incident. “Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. We can look at the problems in other situations but not in this one. Come on.”
Pundits however have taken a different view, with Match of the Day’s Alan Shearer saying Aguero should not be putting his hand on the assistant, while Ian Wright said the situation felt awkward. Aguero’s former team-mate Micah Richards said the striker ‘should know better.’
The blues won the match thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first half goal which gave the blues their first home three points of the season.