Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, has reiterated his defense of Sergio Aguero over an incident that saw the striker from Argentina put his arm around assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
Aguero attracted intense backlash on social media and from commentators after he put a hand on the female official during City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal last week.
“I didn’t speak to Sergio about this, but I’m pretty sure if she felt bad, he will apologize without a problem,” Guardiola said according to The Guardian.
“All the people looking from the outside judge, but I know the intention of Sergio. Sergio put his hands in a normal way, like he does many times to me, on or off the pitch.”
“Or when I hug him, when there is a substitution, or when sometimes he touches the referee as well or an opponent.”
“If I’d seen some aggression, maybe. But I think it was normal as I know him perfectly. He’s been a huge star in the world, but he’s humble, one of the nicest people I’ve met.”
“What is important is his intention, and his intention was normal, to talk to her in a normal way. It was not a bad word, it was just normal.”