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Sport Guardiola continues to defend Aguero in Sian Massey-Ellis row

03:51  24 october  2020
03:51  24 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Aguero 'will face no retrospective action' for grabbing assistant ref The Argentine was arguing a throw-in decision given to Arsenal when he put his hand on her shoulder. City boss Pep Guardiola came to the defence of his striker.The Argentine was arguing a throw-in decision given to Arsenal when he put his hand on her shoulder.

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Pep Guardiola has played down an incident between Sergio Aguero and assistant referee Sian – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola defends Sergio Aguero over Sian Massey - Ellis grab. He continued : ‘We are incredibly happy he is back, for him, for all of us. It was four months, still he is

Pep Guardiola et al. that are walking on the court: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has again defended Sergio Aguero following Gary Neville's suggestion that the striker apologise for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.

City's 1-0 win against Arsenal last Saturday saw Aguero dispute a throw-in decision before touching Massey-Ellis as she turned to walk away, an incident that has drawn considerable criticism.

Pundit Neville told CNN: 'I think (he) would be best served by apologising.'

Pep Guardiola standing next to a football ball: Pep Guardiola is continuing to defend Sergio Aguero following his controversial gesture © Provided by Daily Mail Pep Guardiola is continuing to defend Sergio Aguero following his controversial gesture a person holding a football ball: Aguero has come under fire for putting his arm around Sian Massey-Ellis during a match © Provided by Daily Mail Aguero has come under fire for putting his arm around Sian Massey-Ellis during a match

After reviewing the incident, the Football Association was satisfied that match officials did not believe any formal action was necessary.

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 Agüero's neck grip excites football England The Argentine attacker from Manchester City touches an assistant referee in their win against Arsenal - and gets away with it. © Provided by sport1.de Agüero's neck grip excites football England The clash between Manchester City and Arsenal was a rather unspectacular affair. Nevertheless, the day after the 1-0 success of the Citizens there was heated discussion about a scene.

Pep Guardiola has defended Sergio Agüero’s touching of Sian Massey - Ellis . Sergio Agüero puts his hand on Sian Massey - Ellis during Manchester City’s game against Arsenal.

But Aguero courted controversy just before half-time when he argued a decision with Massey - Ellis , having felt City should have been awarded a throw-in which was instead given to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola continues to defend Sergio Aguero in Sian Massey - Ellis row .

Immediately after the game Guardiola described Aguero as 'the nicest person I ever met in my life', adding: 'Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.'

On Friday he was asked if he felt, on reflection, Aguero should have apologised, following Neville's comment and criticism of the Argentinian from the likes of Alan Shearer and Ian Wright.

Gary Neville wearing a suit and tie: Gary Neville said Aguero should apologise publicly and criticised the striker's actions © Provided by Daily Mail Gary Neville said Aguero should apologise publicly and criticised the striker's actions

Guardiola said: 'I know perfectly Aguero. It's like what happened with Bernardo Silva and (Benjamin) Mendy. People who are coming from outside, I don't judge. I know the intention from Sergio.

'He put his hands in a normal way, what he does many times to me, on and off the pitch, or when I hug him when there has been a substitution, or when sometimes he touches the referees as well.

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" Sian Massey - Ellis turned professional 10 years ago, plenty of experience in how to deal with it as she seems to shrug it off, it will be interesting to see whether she wants Daily Mirror football writer Darren Lewis said Guardiola 's reasoning Aguero is a "nice guy" does not excuse the player from his actions.

Pep Guardiola has defended striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey - Ellis . Aguero , making his first appearance since June after a knee injury, disputed a throw-in call which went against him early in the second half of Manchester

'I didn't see... if I would see some aggression or something like that, maybe. I think it was normal, because I know perfectly Sergio, who has been an incredible, huge star of world football and is one of the most humble and nicest people I ever met.

'The important (thing) is the intention, and the intention was to talk to her in a normal way. And I'm pretty sure - I didn't speak to Sergio about this - if she felt bad, he would apologise without a problem.


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'It is the same as what happened with Bernardo, I know him perfectly well, it was a joke, and today was a normal situation.'

In 2019 Silva was banned for one game, fined £50,000 and ordered to attend an education course after his Twitter post likened his City team-mate Mendy to the mascot for the Conguitos confectionery brand. A regulatory commission found the tweet was not intentionally racist.

Sian Massey-Ellis plays down the abuse she has suffered as an official

  Sian Massey-Ellis plays down the abuse she has suffered as an official The assistant referee was in the spotlight at the weekend after an incident involving Sergio Aguero. The Manchester City striker put his hand on her shoulder after he disagreed with a decision. Aguero will not face any retrospective punishment for his actions but was criticised by Match of the Day pundits Ian Wright and Alan Shearer as well as Sky Sports' Gary Neville - who called on the Argentine to apologise.

Pep Guardiola has defended striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey - Ellis . Aguero , making his first appearance since June after a knee injury, disputed a throw-in call which went against him early in the second half of Manchester

Guardiola defended Aguero in the aftermath of the game and once again backed his striker, who he said would have said sorry had Massey - Ellis complained. "I didn't speak to Sergio about this, but I'm pretty sure if she felt bad, he will apologise without a problem," Guardiola said.

a person standing next to a football ball: The Man City forward initially complained to Massey-Ellis over a throw-in decision for Arsenal © Provided by Daily Mail The Man City forward initially complained to Massey-Ellis over a throw-in decision for Arsenal a woman playing a game on the court: As she walked down the touchline Aguero continued to protest and then placed hands on her © Provided by Daily Mail As she walked down the touchline Aguero continued to protest and then placed hands on her

Guardiola was speaking on Friday ahead of Saturday's trip to West Ham, the first of three away matches for City in eight days. That is amid a 23-day period featuring seven fixtures between international breaks.

Having already labelled the schedule sides are facing 'completely crazy for everyone, especially the teams that play in Europe', Guardiola - who has had a number of injuries to contend with in his squad of late - went on to talk about how it was 'too much for the players.'

He said: 'I love football. I know the business. But it is too much for the players. To sell a better product you have to go for quality.

'(There are) 365 days, and we have to put all the competitions and games (in), and with what happened last season with Covid-19, the calendar is more difficult.

'But it is too much I think for everyone - at least for the teams who play in Europe. For the other ones, maybe it is less.

Aguero willing to apologise for touching lineswoman on shoulder, Guardiola says

  Aguero willing to apologise for touching lineswoman on shoulder, Guardiola says Aguero willing to apologise for touching lineswoman on shoulder, Guardiola saysAguero was widely criticised on social media and by pundits for putting his hand on Sian Massey-Ellis' shoulder while he disputed a throw-in that she had awarded to Arsenal in last Saturday's game.

'We have 10 days, 15 days, and we have to start again - pre-season, the Community Shield, the first games. That is why the players get injured. It's no secret. You just pray everyone finishes the game without a problem.'

A later announcement regarding television matches revealed City's home clash with Liverpool had been moved to Sunday October 8.

David Silva, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy looking at the camera: Guardiola says people are quick to judge, like they were with Bernardo Silva (top, centre) and Benjamin Mendy (bottom right) and a joke they shared together on social media © Provided by Daily Mail Guardiola says people are quick to judge, like they were with Bernardo Silva (top, centre) and Benjamin Mendy (bottom right) and a joke they shared together on social media

After Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Porto, the Portuguese side's boss Sergio Conceicao was quoted as saying Guardiola's 'attitude was extremely unpleasant' during the game.

Asked about that, Guardiola said: 'We didn't want it to be unpleasant. He believes we are, so maybe he is right. I don't think so. If he believes this, it is OK.'

A report on Friday said Guardiola, whose current contract with City ends next summer, had entered talks with the club over a new deal, but the 49-year-old said that was not the case.

When asked if it was difficult to think about things like his contract given the schedule, he said: 'I can think about many things, no problem.'

He was then asked if a player's mentality changes when they know a manager is staying into the next season, and said: 'Absolutely not. They want to play good every single game.'

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