Updated: 02/10/2012 10:27 | By pa.press.net

Aguero: Refs favour British players



Sergio Aguero was disappointed Manchester City did not get a penalty against Fulham

Sergio Aguero was disappointed Manchester City did not get a penalty against Fulham

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero believes foreign players have a tougher time with referees in the Barclays Premier League than their British counterparts.

The 24-year-old netted the leveller in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Fulham, which was decided by substitute Edin Dzeko's late strike. The Cottagers took an early lead through Mladen Petric's penalty, which Aguero claims should never have been given against Pablo Zabaleta for a trip on John Arne Riise.

Asked if foreign players have it tougher than English players, he said: "Yes, always. It happens everywhere. There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from that country, but that is normal. We just play our game, and the referee's job is to know who is tricking him and who is not."

The Argentina international added: "I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There will always be mistakes for any team and he got the decision [on the Fulham penalty] wrong, but that can happen in any game."

That view echoed the sentiments of City boss Roberto Mancini, who claimed the decision was the latest in a number of "mistakes" made in the reigning champions' recent matches.

Aguero was coy when asked if he felt his side were not getting the decisions but more forthcoming on the disparity between nationalities after a game in which Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez had penalty appeals turned down.

Aguero added: "All we can do is not let that get to us and just keep on playing our game."

Pushed further on whether referees are a bit suspicious of foreign players, Aguero added: "Maybe, yes. It can happen, but I don't think it did here. If it does, it's not good for anyone. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it's not right that some have a privilege that others don't."

Aguero may be frustrated but can take solace from his side's improved performance by the Thames in a season which they have begun slightly off form.

"Last year too," Aguero said of City's indifferent form. "We started well and then we had a period where things weren't quite as good, and then we finished really strongly. It is hard. We have to think about the job the coach has to do - he has lots of very important players and it is hard to identify 11 to play on the pitch. That is hard. He tries to do the best he can, just as we do."

203Comments
01/10/2012 09:50
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as a foreigner myself I would  never say this in the country that has opened the doors for me, and I see the point he is making, it's because foreigners have a higher tendency to dive.
01/10/2012 10:29
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From the brilliant Olympic Games to the fantastic Paralympic Games we are now back to the moaning, cheating so-called sport of football. If it's not diving, calling each other names, High Court cases then it's managers complaining about time referees play extra time.  The 'sport' has assassinated itself. The game has changed beyond recognition from the time when footballers could dribble, tackle hard, take a knock then get back up and carry on. Now we have a ten minute break everytime there is a nudge and they go down like a shot bull. Football has died the death from greed and power...may it rest in peace.
01/10/2012 10:09
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NOT TRUE!!! Refs get it right & wrong for every player, nationality has nothing to do with it.
01/10/2012 09:45
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if he said manure get favours from refs he would have a point
01/10/2012 09:27
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AFTER THE GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP SHOWN BY ALL ATHLETES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD..............THEN THE FOOTBALL CHEATS AND THERE WHINGING................NO IT ISNT FAIR                 BECAUSE WE AND OUR CHILDREN HAVE TO WITNESS THAT THE RULES OF FAIRPLAY ARE NOT HEEDED BY YOU CHEATING OVERPAID EGOISTIC IDIOTS......................LETS STOP THE DIVING BY SENDING THEM OFF....YES OFF THE PITCH.    THEN IT WILL STOP.
01/10/2012 07:57
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not a smart move ag, over a course of a season every team gets those 50-50 decisions go against them and for them in the end it all evens out so just keep your head down & stay fit
01/10/2012 11:39
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The Crouch goal against City last week was no better, where has honesty gone? Managers and players trying to get opponents booked or sent off. Refs need help by using video evidence after the games and punish these players, only then will we see the game improve.

01/10/2012 19:59
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AMAZING HOW THESE FORUMS ALWAYS END UP WITH A COUPLE OF LOSERS HAVING A HANDBAG FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER, GROW UP!!!!!
01/10/2012 11:48
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If any of us went to america to work and then started questioning the integrity of that country, we would be locked up, kicked out and banned for good!

In this country foreigners are treated better and with more respect than us natives, it's time the government got a backbone and start removing these people who attack the reputation of anything in this country.

Maybe he should go back to Argentina if he feels that other country's are so biased........ Or is there not enough money for the mercenary there.

And let's put things in perspective here, what do you think would happen if a Brit in Argentina spoke out like this?    I'm sure it wouldn't be pretty!

01/10/2012 09:21
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Steve, what about our International players. Rooney Wellbeck Young Gerrard and Crouch to name a few.
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thats because you keep falling over,overseas players brought good things to english but disgusting things like falling over ,spitting ,imaginary yellow cards ,so if you don't like it LEAVE.....your not welcome any more
01/10/2012 14:36
01/10/2012 19:22
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yep quite agree mick , gone are  the days of jimmy case , tommy smith, billy bremner to name but a few , full of overpayed wimps , you just need to sneeze on some of them and they go down . why dont we just make it a non contact sport as its nearlly there now  .
01/10/2012 12:57
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sounds like blatent racism to me or is that still one way traffic
01/10/2012 14:19
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what english players?  any mentioned in the article?
01/10/2012 10:38
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because he doesnt get a penalty everytime he throws himself on the floor!
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Yes aguero, they do, because foreign players cheat.
01/10/2012 18:06
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The one thing about this that I don't understand is that, to my knowledge, John Arne Riise is not, and never has been, English!
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