Guardiola On Aguero’s Red Card Foul: It Was Unintentional

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola does not believe Aguero’s foul on David Luiz was intentional.

The Manchester City forward was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle on David Luiz during the closing stages of the 3-1 loss to Chelsea.

The Argentina international could be handed a four-match ban, seeing as he has already served a three-match ban earlier this season.

Guardiola would not discuss referee Anthony Taylor’s officiating, who let Luiz off the hook after a foul on Aguero earlier in the game. However, he referenced decisions in the league that has gone against his side.

“It is a pity it finishes like this,” he said after the game. “It was the way the referee decides. It is a pity. I apologise.”

When it was put to him that Aguero had lunged in at Luiz, the City boss tried to downplay the seriousness of the incident.

“Both players,” he replied. “He went down and he touched him. It wasn’t intentional.”

Asked if he really thought it was unintentional, he added: “I don’t think so. Maybe I have to understand many things here but the referee says red card so red card. Like Nolito…”

Nolito was sent off against Bournemouth for pushing his head towards Adam Smith back in September, a decision which Guardiola still appears not to have come to terms with.

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