Aguero de­nies hit­ting ste­ward in late skir­mish

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - THE TITLE - By Sam Cunningham

SER­GIO AGUERO de­nied he at­tacked a ste­ward in the af­ter­math of Manch­ester City’s ex­tra­or­di­nary 97th-minute win­ner at Bournemouth yes­ter­day, when all hell broke loose.

Aguero is fac­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a Bournemouth ste­ward al­leged he was hit by the striker. Aguero took to Twitter last night to say: ‘Great win to­day! On this story about their ste­ward, I did not hit any­one, this al­le­ga­tion is false, and the TV pic­tures prove it.’

Aguero was part of a group of City play­ers who ran over to cel­e­brate Ra­heem Ster­ling’s dra­matic late win­ner with their trav­el­ling con­tin­gent in the East Stand when the in­ci­dent is said to have oc­curred.

Dorset Po­lice have taken a state­ment from the ste­ward. The cel­e­bra­tions also saw Ster­ling sent off and two City fans ar­rested.

A City source in­sisted they had seen footage of the al­leged in­ci­dent and claim that Aguero will have no case to an­swer. It all came at the end of a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for the for­ward, who was late off the City team bus and did not warm up with his team-mates af­ter be­ing named on the bench.

Aguero came on in the 66th minute as City sal­vaged their dra­matic win. Ster­ling was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter jump­ing into the crowd to join City’s fans and a skir­mish broke out in that cor­ner of the ground.

Footage taken by fans in the crowd ap­pears to show the flashpoint. Aguero can be seen protest­ing with a ste­ward who has a City fan pinned to the floor. Af­ter talk­ing to the ste­ward, Aguero then raises his arm an­grily, at which point a po­lice­man in­ter­venes, with he and the player also ar­gu­ing.

Aguero at­tempts to go back to the fan again but is blocked by the of­fi­cer and the two push each other roughly, the striker get­ting par­tic­u­larly irate.

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