Guardiola defends Aguero over contact with female assistant referee
Pep Guardiola joined Sergio Aguero after the Manchester City striker was criticized for resting his arm on assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis in Saturday's 1-0 win over Arsenal.
Aguero contested a throw-in that went against him at the beginning of the second half of the Premier League clash at Etihad Stadium.
After discussing his case with Massey-Ellis, Aguero put his arm around the assistant referee's shoulder as she walked away.
The Argentine star, who played his first game since June after knee surgery, has been criticized on social media and former teammate Micah Richards said on Sky Sports that Aguero "should know better".
According to the rules introduced in 2016, depending on the nature of the incident, players may be warned or sent off for touching the referees.
But City's record player went unpunished and in his post-game press conference, Guardiola told reporters, "Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I've ever met in my life.
"Look for problems in other situations, not this one."
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