Bournemouth have been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after one of their stewards accused Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero of assaulting him.
Aguero was facing a police investigation after the claims surfaced following a melee sparked by City’s 97th-minute winner, which saw players celebrate with fans who had spilled over on to the pitch during yesterday’s 2-1 victory.
But pictures and video clearly showed Aguero approaching a steward to object to a fan being dragged to the ground by two stewards and other officials, being held around the throat and having his hands forced behind his back.
With reports that a steward had then informed police Aguero had hit him, the striker tweeted: ‘I did not hit anyone, this allegation is false and the TV pictures prove it.’ City are fuming and last night Bournemouth put out a statement withdrawing the allegations.
Great win today! On this story about their steward, I did not hit anyone, this allegation is false, and the tv pictures prove it. C´mon City
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 26, 2017
They said in a statement: ‘The club have been advised that, due to a misunderstanding, an earlier statement alleging assault has been withdrawn and no assault took place.
‘AFC Bournemouth recognise that stewards and police were carrying out their duties in preventing encroachment on to the pitch, with the safety of players and supporters in mind. The club will make no further comment on the matter.’
The celebrations saw two City fans arrested.
Sterling was also sent off for a second yellow card after celebrating with the crowd.
He had only received his first booking in the third minute of injury time.
Culled from Mail Sport