Belfast Telegraph

Aguero pondering legal action after clash with fan


By Jonathan Liew

Sergio Aguero is considering legal action and police have launched an investigation after crowd trouble and two arrests marred Wigan's shock FA Cup defeat of Manchester City.

Wigan - who won 1-0 via a Will Grigg goal - are also to carry out their own 'full investigation' after thousands of supporters spilled onto the pitch following the final whistle at the DW Stadium on Monday, with one of them confronting Aguero.

TV footage appeared to show Aguero pushing away the fan and being prevented from approaching him.

It is understood Aguero reported the individual shouted expletives and spat in his ear.

Aguero and City are yet to decide whether to take the matter further but will discuss with lawyers whether they think a common assault has occurred.

A number of Wigan fans also celebrated at the end of the field where City followers were sat, sparking further disturbances among both sets of supporters.

Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown onto the field along with other objects, while missiles were thrown from the field into the stand.

Two arrests were made on suspicion of affray following an incident outside the ground.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison of Greater Manchester Police said: "Football is a family event and the disruption that players and fans alike faced will not be tolerated."

City have not commented but it is understood they consider the stewarding levels inadequate for a game of such magnitude between two local rivals.

Wigan have been quick to launch their own inquiries. Chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: "While we appreciate the vast majority of supporters who ran onto the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner.

"Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation."

Aguero will face no disciplinary action from the Football Association following the incident as the governing body, who have reminded the striker of his responsibilities, are mindful of the scenario he found himself in.

Staff from both sides have also avoided punishment from the FA for the half-time row involving City boss Pep Guardiola and his Wigan counterpart Paul Cook.

The two managers exchanged words on the touchline following Delph's dismissal and the argument continued in the tunnel where Guardiola had to be restrained by colleagues.

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