Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero will not face what could have been a three-game ban for stomping on Chelsea defender David Luiz’s back with both feet during City’s 2-1 FA Cup semifinal win against the Blues at Wembley on Sunday. The FA ruled that because referee Chris Foy awarded Chelsea a free-kick at the time, but not any further punishment, the incident had been dealt with, and the FA rules do not allow for retrospective action.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Luiz said he forgives Aguero but thinks the forward should apologize for the challenge. "I forgive everybody in my life but Aguero is a great player and he needs to honest with himself and say I don't like to do bad tackles," the Brazilian said. "If it was the opposite, and I did the tackle, I would say 'sorry, this is not me, this is not good for football'. Kids watch the game and need to see good things.”
Speaking of good things, it was a great game. After City went up 2-0 thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Aguero, Chelsea battled back through an acrobatic Demba Ba strike in the 65th minute, paving the way for a frantic last 25 minutes in which Chelsea pressed and City tried to counter. In the end, Aguero’s 49th-minute header proved to be decisive.
Chelsea interim-coach Rafael Benitez was furious with the referees after the loss, but preferred to point out their failure to award a penalty in the 87th minute, rather than Aguero’s bad tackle. As striker Fernando Torres appeared to be through on goal, City defenderVincent Kompany held him back and nearly took his shirt off. "For me, the main one was the penalty not given,” Benitez said. “The consequence could have been a red card and it could have changed the game. It was clear. I've seen the pictures and Torres has his shirt [pulled] up. With the penalty not given -- it was very clear and it was disappointing."