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Aguero under fire after assistant incident - but will face no further action

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has come under attack for placing his hand on the neck and shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.

Its criticism followed widespread condemnation of Aguero's conduct during the 1-0 win against Arsenal.

Aguero had stepped towards Massey-Ellis to complain about the award of a 42nd-minute throw-in to Arsenal and then placed his left hand on the assistant referee's neck and shoulder as she walked back up the touchline.

Massey-Ellis gestured for Aguero to move away but, despite Premier League guidance in 2016 stating that any physical contact with an official should warrant a yellow card, Aguero was not cautioned.

The charity Ref Support UK praised Massey-Ellis for her calm reaction and said that Aguero should count himself fortunate.

The national charity for football referees last night called for a "line to be drawn in the sand" so that players no longer escaped unpunished for "manhandling" officials.

Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, insisted that the incident was a non-issue when he was asked about it in the post-match press conference, after a game in which Raheem Sterling gave his team a 1-0 victory.
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