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30th Aug 2016

Sergio Aguero could miss Manchester derby after FA hit him with violent conduct charge

He could miss City's biggest game of the season

Simon Lloyd


Sergio Aguero *has* been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct in Manchester City’s victory over West Ham.

The Argentine appeared to elbow Winston Reid during the second half of the match, an incident that the FA have confirmed went unseen by referee Andre Marriner.

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, the FA have confirmed that Aguero, who has not reported for international duty with Argentina because of an injury, has until 6pm on Wednesday to reply to the charge.

The incident will now be referred to a panel of three former elite match officials, who will review the video footage of the incident to determine whether they deem it a sending-off offence.

A unanimous decision must be reached by the panel if retrospective action is to be taken.

Manchester City’s first match after the international break is against city rivals, Manchester United, whose supporters have been quick to point out that Marouane Fellaini received a three-match ban for elbowing Leicester’s Robert Huth in a match at the end of last season.

Aguero failed to find the net in the game against West Ham – the first time this season he’s failed to register a goal. His other three outings have yielded six goals, so it’s hardly a surprise that United supporters are keen to see their neighbours’ most potent goal threat suspended for the match on September 10.

In case you missed it, here’s the incident in question:




And from another angle:





There is also concern that Aguero could miss the crucial match anyway, after he pulled out of Argentina’s international double header against Uruguay and Venezuela with a calf problem.

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