Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has backed Sergio Aguero after the forward was heavily criticised for putting his arm around assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis. After an offside situation in the match against Arsenal (1-0 win), Aguero was pictured as he placed his hand on the shoulder of the assistant-referee.
On social media the Argentinian, who made his first appearance for City since June after a knee injury, was criticised and former City defender Micah Richards said on Sky Sports that Aguero ‘should know better’. Players aren’t allowed to touch officials in the Premier League since 2016 and they could be booked or even sent off if they break these rules.
The action of Aguero wasn’t noticed by the referee and the assistent referee did not report it. The forward did not receive a booking for the incident and Guardiola feels that the issue has been made a lot larger than it actually is. “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.”