Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been charged by the FA with an alleged act of violent conduct in Sunday’s game against West Ham.
The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham defender Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the match during which the Argentinian appeared to elbow the centre-back.
New Zealand international Reid was later seen holding his throat and captain Mark Noble said after the game his team-mate “can’t really talk”.
A statement from the FA read: “Sergio Aguero has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The Manchester City forward was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 76th minute of the game on Sunday (August 28, 2016). He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.”
The off-the-ball incident, which occurred in the second half of City’s 3-1 win, was not seen by referee Andre Marriner or other officials during the game. It has since been reviewed by a panel of former elite match officials, all of whom agree the matter would have been a sending-off offence.
If Aguero is found guilty of the charge, he could be suspended for three games, which would rule him out of the Manchester derby on September 10. He would also miss a Premier League game against Bournemouth and an EFL Cup trip to Swansea.
Aguero is currently sidelined with a calf injury and will not play in either of Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers – against Uruguay and Venezuela – during the international break.