Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero will miss the Premier League derby against Manchester United on 10th September after being banned for three games. A Football Association panel found the 28 year old striker guilty of violent conduct after he elbowed West Ham’s Winston Reid in City’s 3-1 Premier League win on Sunday.
Aguero is also suspended for City’s home league game with Bournemouth on 17th September and the EFL Cup third-round match at Swansea on 21st September.
Manchester City have contested the violent conduct charge and argued that “the standard punishment would be clearly excessive”.
West Ham has suffered from two poor referee decisions in their first three Premier League games. Most commentators agreed that Diego Costa should have been sent off in West Ham’s first Premier League game of the season. Now it appears a referee has got it wrong again and Man City should have been reduced to ten men also which could have drastically changed the game.
The mistakes bring up the age old debate whether referees are afraid of making big decisions against the so called top four sides. Surely it is time to introduce a video referee to the Premier League like FIFA have just announced.