Ban looms after Reid floored by Aguero
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