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Sergio Agüero criticized after grabbing lineswoman’s shoulder during Premier League match

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/18/2020 Tim Balk

Soccer star Sergio Agüero received a raft of criticism after the Manchester City striker wrapped his hand around a lineswoman’s shoulder while arguing a call in a Premier League game on Saturday.

The official, Sian Massey-Ellis, swatted Agüero away.

During the game, a 1-0 win for Manchester City over Arsenal, Agüero received no booking for the incident. But Agüero received plenty of red cards on the field of public opinion.

On social media, many people expressed doubt that Aguero ever would have handled a male official in the same way.


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Rosena Allin-Khan, a lawmaker in the British Parliament, bluntly called out the 32-year-old Argentine athlete.

“Who does Aguero think he is?” Allin-Khan tweeted. “Completely unacceptable.”

a man and a woman in a blue shirt: Soccer star Sergio Agüero grabs an official. © Provided by New York Daily News Soccer star Sergio Agüero grabs an official.

Soccer star Sergio Agüero grabs an official.

In the Premier League, the touching of officials is a violation and can result in players receiving cards.

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