Aguero aggro! Sergio sweats on ban
SERGIO AGUERO faces an anxious wait to see if he will be banned over his two-footed stamp on Chelsea’s David Luiz.
Blundering FA Cup semi-final referee Chris Foy only awarded a free-kick for the X-rated challenge when the Manchester City star should have seen red.
Now the FA will talk to Foy about the controversial 82nd-minute incident before deciding whether to take retrospective action or ignore the incident as they did last month following Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman’s shocking challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara.
Chelsea were fuming about the incident at Wembley. But interim boss Rafa Benitez refused to talk about Aguero, saying: “See the video. I will not talk about other players.”
But he did lay into Foy. He added: “I’m very disappointed at the moment — you have officials to make decisions. It’s something they have to clarify.”
And the Spaniard also berated the ref for not awarding Fernando Torres a penalty in the dying minutes when Vincent Kompany grabbed hold of his shirt and manhandled the striker to the ground.
Benitez said: “The penalty’s even more important because at that time it offered us a chance to equalise and it could have been a red or a yellow card.
“I’ve seen the pictures and Torres has his shirt pulled up. I don’t know why it was not given. So these two decisions made a big difference.”
Defender Luiz afterwards called on Aguero to apologise.
He said: “Aguero needs to be honest with himself and say ‘I don’t like to do bad tackles, I don’t like to do that’. I would apologise.
“Sometimes in games people have five seconds of anger and do things you don’t like to do — I think that’s what happened here. I never saw Aguero do bad tackles on other players. I think it was five seconds of anger and I forgive him.”
Pundit Gareth Southgate, sitting next to Roy Keane in the ITV box, was more scathing.
He said: “It’s the worst tackle I’ve seen in a semi-final since Roy tried to castrate me about 15 years ago when I was playing for Palace. Although that was retaliation as well.”
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