Pep Guardiola defends Sergio Aguero after grabbing Sian Massey-Ellis

The Argentine striker was unhappy with a throw-in given against him (Pictures Getty / Sky)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has played down an incident involving Sergio Aguero and assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.

The Argentine striker made his first appearance of the new season after four months out with an injury, coming off just before the hour mark in a game City won courtesy of a solitary first-half strike from Raheem Sterling.

But Aguero courted controversy just before half-time when he argued a decision with Massey-Ellis, having felt City should have been awarded a throw-in which was instead given to Arsenal.

Aguero was making his first appearance since June (Picture: Getty Images)

As he remonstrated with the lineswoman, Aguero moved over and grabbed Massey-Ellis by the top of the shoulder briefly before she pushed his arm away.

Aguero received no punishment at the time but was criticised by supporters from both clubs on social media, while co-commentator Gary Neville said during broadcast: ‘He needs to be careful putting his hand on an official!’

The Premier League has previously stated it would clamp…