Wednesday 16 January 2019

I was spat at and abused by Wigan fan - Aguero


Sergio Aguero. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters
Sergio Aguero. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters

Jason Burt

Sergio Aguero has told Manchester City that he was spat at and verbally abused by a Wigan Athletic fan during the pitch invasion following their FA Cup tie and is reserving the right to take legal action.

The English Football Association launched its investigation yesterday into the match and its aftermath and announced last night that Aguero would not face disciplinary action.

However, the FA did remind him of his responsibilities after video footage showed him raising his arm to push away a supporter as hundreds of fans invaded the pitch following Wigan's dramatic 1-0 fifth-round win at the DW Stadium.

The FA is mindful of the circumstances under which Aguero responded and the provocation he faced. It is understood that the forward has not ruled out legal action against the supporter involved in the incident and it remains to be seen whether the police intervene with a charge of common assault.

The FA have charged both Wigan and City with failing to control their players following the first-half dismissal of Fabian Delph. Both sets of players crowded around referee Anthony Taylor.

The organisation has also asked both clubs for their observations following the crowd trouble that marred the tie. They have until 6pm on Friday to respond.

No action is being taken against any other player or official or member of club staff, which means that sanctions are not being brought over the behaviour of City manager Pep Guardiola or Wigan manager Paul Cook after they clashed angrily following Delph’s red card and then in the tunnel at half-time.

Aguero met City officials yesterday to discuss the matter and review video footage which showed him raising his arm to push away a supporter.

The Argentinian said the fan shouted abuse at him before spitting in his ear, which prompted his angry reaction.

The footage shows that Aguero was talking to Wigan defender Chey Dunkley when the fan ran at him.

Aguero’s argument is that he was simply defending himself against the fan’s aggression, although he was also clearly angry and reacted to something, which he said was the spitting. Dunkley, along with City assistant manager Mikel Arteta, intervened to help shepherd Aguero away.

City are annoyed at the way the pitch invasion was allowed to continue and will speak to Wigan about their players being put at risk.

The Premier League club consider the stewarding to have been inadequate for a derby, with  City having taken up their full allocation of 4,000 tickets.

Beyond the Aguero incident, there is concern that the Wigan fans were allowed to run to the City away section and goad the visitors.

Objects were thrown by both sets of fans, with the City supporters reacting furiously, ripping up advertising hoardings.

Delph, who was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Max Power, will now serve a three-match ban which rules him out of Sunday’s League Cup final against Arsenal, and the league fixture against the Gunners. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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