Aguero ‘Official Touch’ Stokes Debate

Sergio Aguero with Sian Massey-Ellis during their win against Arsenal

Gary Neville has called on Sergio Aguero to apologize after the Manchester City striker grabbed the shoulder of official Sian Massey-Ellis during his side’s win over Arsenal on Saturday

The Argentinian stirred controversy when he placed his hand on the linesman after she awarded Arsenal a throw-in in the first half.

As it stands, Aguero has no plans to apologize for his actions and will not be forced to do so by Man City, according to the Telegraph.

According to the rules, players could be cautioned or sent off if they touched officials, but he did not receive any punishment.

Former player-turned-pundit, Neville, said the striker’s actions were a ‘mistake’, while insisting it was made worse because Massey-Ellis is a woman.

“No football player should ever put their hands on an official, whether they be female or male,” Neville told CNN Sport.

“Aguero did make a mistake on Saturday. I think it’s obviously worse by the fact that he put his hands on a female official, which he should never have done,” he added.

Sportsmail revealed earlier that Aguero would face no retrospective action for the incident, but Neville revealed he thought the striker should still issue an apology.

“I think he would be best served by apologizing and getting it over and done with rather than trying to defend the fact that it probably was an instinctive reaction,” he added.