The Argentine forward got a bit wound-up after the Brazilian defender tried to knock him away from the ball as the two chased it down and retaliated with a really poor challenge.
Unsurprisingly, and as I predicted yesterday, no action will be taken against Aguero as confirmed by the Football Association who won’t punish the player retrospectively as Chris Foy must have seen at least part of the incident as he awarded Chelsea a free-kick.
It is incredibly worrying that these people with this logic are governing football in this country, it is an incredibly flawed system that and this isn’t the first time the FA’s waffle has raised eyebrows amongst fans, pundits, players and managers alike.
Perhaps Newcastle United put it best when they described the FA’s disciplinary procedures as ‘not fit for purpose’ after the failed to punish Wigan’s Callum McManaman for his horrific challenge on Massadio Haidara last month. The tackle, if you can call it that, left Haidara in a heap and he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher, yet they said that McManaman couldn’t be punished as at least one official saw it.
This is also the same FA that wanted to punish Eden Hazard further than the three-match ban he received following a tussle with a ball boy during the Carling Cup semi-final and actively fuelled the hype around a flashpoint that was nowhere near as bad as portrayed, yet acts of blatant thuggery go unpunished all to often and it isn’t just about the incident yesterday, it has an effect on all the clubs in the football league.
They’re so keen to hid behind the stance that do not want to re-referee incidents on the pitch as it undermines the officials and that FIFA does not allow retrospective action if the referee had seen or dealt with the situation at the time. In truth it is nothing more than the excuse that they decide to give as FIFA have given associations clearance to penalise wrongdoings after the event and in countries like France, among others, we have seen yellows upgraded to reds and punishment dished out for wrongdoings that were caught on film.
Things must change for the sake of the game and the safety of the professionals involved.