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Sergio Aguero grabs assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Man City vs Arsenal

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Sergio Aguero grabbed assistant referee Sian Massey during Manchester City's match against Arsenal
Sergio Aguero grabbed assistant referee Sian Massey (Premier League)

Sergio Aguero escaped punishment after grabbing assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday evening.

The incident occurred during the first half of the match at the Etihad Stadium after a throw-in was awarded to Arsenal deep inside their own half.

Aguero believes the decision should have gone City’s way and briefly remonstrated with Massey-Ellis.

The City striker argued close to Massey-Ellis’ face and then grabbed the top of her shoulder before she brushed his hand away.

Aguero did not receive a yellow card for his actions and the Argentine, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury, was substituted in the second half.

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City, meanwhile, took the lead through Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 23rd minute.

The Premier League have already stated that it plans to clamp down on players who disrespect officials during matches.

‘The Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) will take a stronger position and action towards unacceptable participant conduct,’ a statement from the Premier League reads.

‘This will focus on behaviour towards match officials, with the aim of reducing disrespectful conduct such as aggressively challenging decisions or running from distance to confront an official.’

When asked about the incident after the match, City manager Pep Guardiola replied: ‘Hey come on, guys. Come on guys. 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.’

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