Brazilian urges Manchester City striker to apologise after two-footed lunge at Wembley.
David Luiz says Sergio Aguero should apologise for his horror tackle on the Brazilian during Manchester City’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea.
The 82nd minute challenge marred the Argentinian striker’s match-winning performance and Aguero could face retrospective action if referee Chris Foy states in his match report that neither he nor his officials saw the two-footed lunge.
Foy did award a free-kick to Chelsea but this may have been for an earlier incident.
Goals from Samir Nasri and Aguero before Demba Ba’s acrobatic consolation secured a place in the final for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Luiz, who appeared to aim an elbow at Aguero just prior to the challenge, believes the forward should accept responsibility for his moment of madness.
“Many people say to me about this tackle. I didn’t see it because it was in the back of me. I cannot speak about that. I felt it a little bit. Aguero is a great player and I think he needs to be honest with himself and say: ‘I don’t like to do bad tackles, I don’t like to do that.’,” Luiz is quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“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: ‘Sorry 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.”
Asked whether he would apologies if the roles were reversed, the centre-half replied: “Of course, I would apologise to everyone. I want just to show people good things – football is beautiful when you play games like that. Both teams tried to win, both created opportunities and tried good things. Sometimes in the games people have five seconds, be angry and do things you don’t like to do. I think that. I never saw Aguero do bad tackles on other players. I think it was five-second angry and I forgive him.”
If the FA decide to pursue action against Aguero, the 24-year-old could face a three-match ban but would be available again to face Wigan in the FA Cup final.
The governing body received criticism for not bringing retrospective action against Wigan’s Callum McManaman last month after the midfielder’s horror challenge on Newcastle defender Massimo Haidara because at least one of the officials saw the incident.