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Should Sergio Aguero escape a ban for his two-footed tackle?

Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT

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Before Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero never seemed like a player prone to dirty tackles. But with the Argentinian’s two-footed stab tackle on Chelsea’s David Luiz perhaps that’s a notion we need to rethink.

In the 82nd minute of City’s thrilling 2-1 victory, Aguero and Luiz battled for a 50-50 ball with the Brazilian toppling to the ground and the Argentine following suit. Yet, in mid-air Aguero somehow managed to collect his feet and launch into a deliberate spike job on Luiz’ quad. Video evidence makes it difficult to refute the intent.

The FA can assess a retroactive three-match ban when a referee fails to see an incident. As referee Chris Foy has yet to file his report (which is due later today) it’s unclear whether he saw the tackle. He awarded a free-kick to Chelsea on the play but the infraction may have been whistled for the initial tangle between Aguero and Luiz. If Foy missed Aguero’s stamp, however, the FA has the green light to act.

Even if the FA reviews the incident there are questions as to whether Aguero’s actions will be deemed worthy of a ban. It’s a line that has grown increasingly blurry since last month’s case of Wigan’s Callum McManaman who escaped a ban despite his studs up tackle to the knee of Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara. The unwillingness to penalize McManaman sparked outrage from Newcastle with managing director Derek Llambias declaring: “It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose.” In response, the FA insisted that it cannot re-referee matches and must strike a balance between retrospective bans and undermining the authority of match referees.

After Sunday’s match Luiz explained that if he were Aguero, he would  “apologize to everyone” for the poor tackle. But Chelsea’s sel-proclaimed ‘geezah’ doesn’t seem to be taking the incident too seriously, admitting that he didn’t see if it was a bad tackle because it was in delivered to his back side. “Sometimes you can be angry for five seconds and do bad things and you have to say this sometimes,” Luiz said.

“I forgive everyone in my life. People are happy when Aguero is scoring goals, doing things in the game. Many people have said to me this is not me and not good for the football. Many kids see the game, watch the game and want to see good things and not bad things.”

If Aguero is banned he will not miss the FA Cup final but instead would be suspended for City’s upcoming league games against Wigan on Wednesday, Spurs on Sunday and West Ham on April 27th.

  1. capsfan19 - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Flamini gets a red in rossoneris game against napoli but aguero doesnt get a straight red for that?

  2. dfstell - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I almost think this is worse than some of those “horror tackles” we see. A lot of times those tackles are high and late, but you can see that the guy was *probably* playing the ball….only he went flying with both feet and the other player/ball moved while he was in the air; the tackler just made a mistake of putting himself in the air where he has limited ability to change direction.

    With this…..I can’t see what Aguero was doing other than stomping him. Remember what happened to Rooney’s thigh early this season? What if Aguero had caught Luiz between the legs? Talk about a “horror tackle”.

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