Manchester City not only won over the Arsenal (1-0) on Saturday but also its notable striker, Sergio Aguero, went scot-free after touching Sian Massey-Ellis, the female assistant referee, according to The Guardian.
During the English Premier League match, Aguero tried to call into question Massey-Ellis’ decision to award a thrown-in against his team.
The striker, “Kun” Aguero, touched Massey-Ellis on the neck and shoulder, as shown in photos circulating on Twitter.
The striker, however, dodged any punishment during the match as Chris Kavanagh, the referee, did not hand out any penalty.
It also goes without saying that Aguero will not face any retrospective charges for his stunt, according to Talk Sport.
Non-Aggressive and Non-Hostile
Massey-Ellis did not seem offended nor intimated as she just nonchalantly swatted Aguero away.
Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said it did not regard Aguero’s action as aggressive nor threatening, per The Guardian.
PGMOL introduced new rules in the Premier League to protect referees and their assistants in 2016, INews reported.
PGMOL Guidelines Regarding Physical contact with Game Officials
- A yellow card for non-aggressive physical contact with any game officials (for instance, inquisitively approaching to grab the official’s attention)
- A red card for aggressive or confrontational physical contact with game officials
Mr. Nice According to His Manager
During the post-match news conference, Pep Guardiola, the team manager, defended his 32-year-old player, Al Jazeera reported.
Guardiola said that Aguero is the “nicest person” he has ever come across in his life.
“Look for problems” elsewhere, not in this instance,” Guardiola said.
People Reacting to Aguero’s Antic
After the video circulated on social media, people have plenty to say about the incident.
Micah Richards, his former teammate, criticized him on a video uploaded by @footballdaily.
Richards said that his former teammate “didn’t mean to do it.
However, Aguero has got to “respect the game officials. ”
Aguero should know better, Richards added.
Tatjana Haenni, of the Swiss Football Association and formerly of FIFA, reacted and said Aguero deserves a yellow card.
Haenni explained that Aguero’s gesture, although not aggressive, was condescending, per Al Jazeera.
This incident sends the “wrong message to women” considering entering “the game,” Haenni added.