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Aguero: Refs biased against foreigners

MANCHESTER CITY'S Sergio Aguero believes foreign players have a tougher time with referees than their British counterparts.

The 24-year-old netted the leveller in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Fulham, which was decided by substitute Edin Dzeko's late strike.

The Cottagers took an early lead through Mladen Petric's penalty, which Aguero claims should never have been given against Pablo Zabaleta for a trip on John Arne Riise.

That view echoed the sentiments of City boss Roberto Mancini, who claimed the decision was the latest in a number of "mistakes" made in the reigning champions' recent matches.

Aguero was coy when asked if he felt his side were not getting the decisions, but more forthcoming on the disparity between nationalities after a game in which Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez had penalty appeals turned down.

"I try not to get involved with problems involving referees," the Argentina international said.

Asked if foreign players have it tougher than English players, he said: "Yes, always. It happens everywhere.

"There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from that country, but that is normal.

"We just play our game, and the referee's job is to know who is tricking him and who is not."

Pushed further on whether referees are a bit suspicious of foreign players, Aguero added: "Maybe, yes. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it's not right that some have a privilege that others don't."

City sit fourth in the table after their win in west London, keeping them within touching distance of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Attention now turns to the Champions League and the midweek tie with German champions Borussia Dortmund. "It is very difficult but we have a team that can beat anyone," Aguero said.


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