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Aguero charged with violent conduct

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Sergio Aguero scored twice for Manchester City as the team beat Stoke 4-1 in Stoke-on-Trent on August 20, 2016

Sergio Aguero scored twice for Manchester City as the team beat Stoke 4-1 in Stoke-on-Trent on August 20, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 30 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a potential three-match suspension after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The Argentina international escaped a booking during his side’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, after appearing to catch defender Winston Reid with a stray elbow.

While the match referee missed the incident, it was captured by television broadcasters, meaning he is now facing retrospective action.

Aguero will have until Wednesday, 31 August to respond to the charge.

A statement on the FA’s website 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 [28 August 2016].

“He has until 6pm on Wednesday 31 August to reply.

“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite match officials.

“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.

“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”

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