AgfoulSergio Aguero may FA action after an X-rated challenge on West Ham’s Mark Noble.

A late tackle went unseen by referee Martin Atkinson but TV showed the extent of the vicious challenge. Because Atkinson took no action, Aguero  could face a ban when the incident is reviewed.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce revealed  Noble was incensed about the tackle.

“Mark was complaining about it at ­ half-time. It was a dangerous tackle and the referee was right in front of it.”

If the FA decide to punish Aguero, he faces a three-match suspension and if he admits the charge and the ban is imposed this week, he could miss the Manchester derby at the Etihad next Sunday.

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  • WhuG says:

    Look how close the ref is. Shocking blind eye to the big clubs IMHO. He should publicly state he got that badly wrong or retire in my view.

  • baddowhammer says:

    I understand Referees cant see everything all the time,and in real time it looked late,studs up.With slow mo and hindsight,it was late blatant studs up,with the Ref. looking on.Lucky for him Nobles a proper pro. and got on with it.If Aguero gets away with it this time,it could be someones career lost next time. C.O.Y.I.

  • Michael Miller says:

    Apparently the Ref saw it and didn’t think it a problem, in that case no further action can be taken – it’s only if he didn’t see the incident that retrospective action can be taken – barmy ain’t it!

    When I saw it live it was so quick and the action moved on so fast that I didn’t take much notice – it’s only when you see it played it back in slow motion you see what a bad tackle it was. I don’t think it was particularly malicious but he was definitely out of control and it was dangerous.

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