No retrospective action will be taken against Sergio Aguero for touching lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis during Man City’s defeat of Arsenal.

Aguero was caught on camera placing his hand on assistant referee Massey-Ellis’ shoulder during the first half of Saturday’s fixture at the Etihad.

Touching a match official is usually punished by a yellow card, unless the physical approach is deemed aggressive in which case the player will be shown a red card.

But Aguero avoided any punishment during the match, and reports claim he will also NOT face any retrospective action over the incident.

Saturday’s Merseyside derby was a dramatic affair, but despite four goals and a potential Liverpool winner ruled out by VAR, all the post-match discussion has been about Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

It was a breathtaking clash at Goodison Park, which ended 2-2 after a late equaliser from in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

And the match was bookended by two huge moments of controversy, with Pickford benefitting from two big let-offs which left the Reds furious.

The England and Toffees No.1 was lucky to escape a red card after scything Van Dijk down in the box early on, clattering into his knee with a reckless challenge.

It appeared a certain penalty and sending off, but a VAR review showed Van Dijk was just offside before Pickford’s wild tackle.

It was initially reported that the offside cancelled out any serious foul play, which meant Pickford was spared.

But PGMOL then confirmed that the VAR had failed to check whether it was a red card due to the analysis of the offside and, as it was a SUBJECTIVE decision, they ruled Pickford had made a genuine attempt to play the ball.

On the incident, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said: “If it’s an act of violent conduct it’s factual. A tackle is subjective because, is it serious foul play? That’s people’s choice and that’s where the dilemma was, they didn’t feel it was serious foul play so it defaults back to the offside.”

Wayne Rooney has been embroiled in a coronavirus drama after being visited by a friend who had been instructed to be tested for Covid-19 and was later found to have the disease.

The Sun newspaper reported that the former England captain – now player-coach at Sky Bet Championship side Derby – was “seething” after infected entrepreneur Josh Bardsley visited him at his luxury mansion on Thursday to give him a watch.

The paper said Bardsley, 21, had already been contacted by Test and Trace personnel, had taken a test and therefore should have been self-isolating. His test later came back positive.

Rooney, who is married to television personality Coleen and has four children, was unaware of any Covid-related concerns connected with Bardsley, and played in Derby’s 1-0 home loss to Watford a day after the visit on Friday evening.

Government guidelines say anyone who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive must self-isolate for 14 days.

It is now likely that, at the least, the Derby and Watford squads along with their support staff will be forced to take tests. Rooney has already indicated he will take a test.

A statement from Rooney’s management said the 34-year-old was “angry and disappointed” by Bardsley’s actions.

Derby did not name Rooney but confirmed in a club statement that they were aware of the reports and would be following guidelines.

Manchester City could launch a bid for Lionel Messi in January after failing to sign him throughout the summer transfer window.

But they will offer cash-strapped Barcelona just £15million for one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen!

Despite staying at Barca beyond the close of the summer transfer window, Messi still wants to leave Camp Nou and Man City will off him an escape route in January, the Daily Star report.

Saturday’s Merseyside derby was a dramatic affair, but despite four goals and a potential Liverpool winner ruled out by VAR, all the post-match discussion has been about Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

It was a breathtaking clash at Goodison Park, which ended 2-2 after a late equaliser from in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

And the match was bookended by two huge moments of controversy, with Pickford benefitting from two big let-offs which left the Reds furious.

The England and Toffees No.1 was lucky to escape a red card after scything Van Dijk down in the box early on, clattering into his knee with a reckless challenge.

It appeared a certain penalty and sending off, but a VAR review showed Van Dijk was just offside before Pickford’s wild tackle.

Tony Cascarino believes Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Virgil van Dijk during Saturday’s Merseyside derby was as bad as the challenge Roy Keane famously put in on Alf-Inge Haaland.

Pickford avoided a red card for his early clash with Liverpool defender Van Dijk, with refereeing board PGMOL later explaining it was subjectively decided the Everton goalkeeper had tried to play the ball.

But he flew in high and scissored his legs across Van Dijk, who crumpled to the ground and may now miss up to EIGHT months with an ACL injury.

This would mean Van Dijk misses the entire remainder of the 2020/21 season, and while Liverpool have not confirmed the extent of the injury manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his fears after the match.

“Virgil played I don’t know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn’t play on,” said Klopp. “That’s not good.”

Pickford has been widely criticised since the match, while many pundits believe it was the incorrect decision to let him stay on the pitch after putting in such a poor challenge.

And talkSPORT’s very own Cascarino – the former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward – believes Pickford’s tackle was as bad as Keane’s on Haaland in 2001.

That Manchester derby challenge is widely considered to be the worst tackle EVER seen in the Premier League, with Keane later admitting it was an act of vengeance against Haaland for an incident between the pair a few years earlier.

But this tackle now joins Keane on Haaland as one of English football’s most horrific, Casc claims.

Speaking on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Casc said: “The challenge… just, wow! We give yellow cards so readily and so quickly for minor incidents, and then you see a tackle that is as bad as the one Roy Keane did on Alf-Inge Haaland.

“It was just horrendous!

“We talk about dangerous tackles and two-footing and lunging in and being reckless – Jordan Pickford was everything as bad as it could be.

“I don’t think you can ever say it’s intentional – only the player can answer that – but if you are going to throw yourself, launch yourself, at somebody out of control…

“When I saw it I thought, ‘wow!’

Pep Guardiola has defended striker Sergio Aguero after he was criticised for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.

Aguero, making his first appearance since June after a knee injury, disputed a throw-in call which went against him early in the second half of Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

After arguing his case with Massey-Ellis, Aguero then put his arm around her shoulder as she began to walk away – actions which drew attention on social media and led his former team-mate Micah Richards to say on Sky Sports that Aguero should “know better”.

Under rules introduced in 2016 players can be cautioned or sent off for touching match officials depending on the nature of the incident, but Aguero’s actions went unpunished.

In his post-match press conference, Guardiola said: “Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.”

Aguero, who played a key role in setting up Raheem Sterling’s decisive 23rd-minute goal, was replaced after 65 minutes of his comeback appearance.

Liverpool are anxiously awaiting news on Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury amid fears he could be out of action for the rest of the season.

In the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 Merseyside Derby draw, the Liverpool defender was forced off after a horror challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The England and Toffees No.1 was lucky to escape a red card after scything the Dutchman down in the box, clattering into his knee with the challenge.

Van Dijk went to hospital, where he underwent scans to determine the extent of the injury.

It has been reported by BeIN Sports  that Van Dijk has suffered cruciate ligament damage which would rule him out for up to eight months, but Liverpool have yet to confirm it that is the case.

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