Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero will face no further action for his two-footed studs-up challenge on David Luiz in City’s FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea. The incident happened in the 82nd minute of the match, after Luiz appeared to elbow the Argentinian. The FA’s decision followed the conformation that referee Chris Foy saw the stamp- he awarded a free-kick to Chelsea- although it was unclear whether the call was for Agüero’s tackle, or the whole the incident, which saw Agüero push Luiz over.
Agüero, 28, scored one of City’s two goals in their 2-1 win over Chelsea, and he has escaped a three match ban, which would see him miss City’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur, due to the fact that the FA’s current rules only award three match bans for incidents “off the ball” or “exceptional” which Agüero’s challenge was deemed not to be.
While Luiz was not injured by the tackle, Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez called on the FA to look into the incident, while Luiz himself called on Agüero to apologize.
“I would apologize to everyone,” Luiz said, when asked about the challenge. “I didn’t see if it was a bad tackle because it was in my back and even though I don’t like to think about bad things, he needs to be honest with himself. Sometimes you can be angry for five seconds and do bad things and you have to say this sometimes.
“I forgive everyone in my life. People are happy when Agüero is scoring goals, doing things in the game. Many people have said to me this is not me and not good for the football. Many kids see the game, watch the game and want to see good things and not bad things.”