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Aguero avoids FA charge for Luiz tackle

ESPN staff
April 15, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not face Football Association disciplinary action for his challenge on Chelsea's David Luiz in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.

The FA confirmed on Monday it will not charge Aguero retrospectively, with referee Chris Foy seeing at least part of the incident at the time - awarding Chelsea a free-kick for the tackle.

Both of Aguero's boots made contact with the upper part of Luiz's left leg but under current FA rules only off-the-ball incidents or those viewed as "exceptional" - which would, for example, warrant more than a three-match ban - are dealt with retrospectively.

Aguero, 24, scored the goal which ultimately booked City's place in the FA Cup final at the expense of the Blues shortly after half time.

He then lunged wildly at Luiz with eight minutes remaining of the match at Wembley, with the Brazilian defender subsequently calling for an apology - believing Aguero had lost his temper.

"I would apologise to everyone," stated Luiz. "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 Aguero 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."

Both of Aguero's boots made contact with the upper part of Luiz's left leg but under current FA rules only off-the-ball incidents or those viewed as "exceptional" - which would, for example, warrant more than a three-match ban - are dealt with retrospectively.

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