Ban looms af­ter Reid floored by Aguero

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Lon­don: West Ham’s New Zealand de­fender Win­ston Reid was un­able to speak, his cap­tain claimed, af­ter cop­ping an el­bow to the neck dur­ing their 3-1 Pre­mier League de­feat to Manch­ester City. Reid was left prone on the ground clutch­ing at his throat af­ter he was felled by an el­bow from City’s Ser­gio Aguero who faces a po­ten­tial three­match ban. The striker caught West Ham’s cen­tral de­fender in the 76th minute, and Reid had to be sub­sti­tuted af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. West Ham skip­per Mark Noble said Reid was left un­able to speak prop­erly in the dress­ing room af­ter­wards. “I know he couldn’t talk. He said it was be­cause he had got some­thing in the throat.” Ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner was close by but did not give a foul and it ap­peared af­ter the Sun­day night match that he was un­aware of any vi­o­lent con­duct.

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion are likely to look at ret­ro­spec­tive pun­ish­ment should Mar­riner claim he did not see the in­ci­dent, the Daily Mail re­ported. A sus­pen­sion would see Aguero miss the Manch­ester derby with Jose Mour­inho’s United at Old Traf­ford on Septem­ber 10, an­other Pre­mier League game against Bournemouth be­fore a trip to Swansea.

“I didn’t see it, so I can­not com­ment,” City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola said. “Hope­fully noth­ing hap­pens. If it hap­pens, we ac­cept and adapt. If we lose him, we lose him. We are [still] go­ing to play with 11.”

- Stuff, Reuters

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