Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for grabbing the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
Aguero, who made his first look since June following a knee damage, disputed a throw-in name going towards the group throughout the second half of Manchester City’s 1-Zero win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Having argued his case with Massey-Ellis, he went on to place his arm round her shoulder as she started to stroll away.
Questioned on the incident on the post-match press convention, Guardiola mentioned: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest individual I ever met in my life. Look for issues in different conditions, not on this one.”
However, Aguero was criticised on social media, with his former team-mate Micah Richards telling Sky Sports that the striker ought to “know higher”.
Rules launched in 2016 imply gamers may be cautioned or despatched off in the event that they contact match officers, relying on the character of the incident, however he didn’t obtain any form of punishment.
Aguero, who had a key position in establishing Raheem Sterling’s decisive 23rd-minute objective, was changed solely 65 minutes into making his comeback look.