Pep Guardiola's Incident With Female Official Resurfaces After Sergio Aguero Puts Hand On Sian-Massey Ellis
Pep Guardiola's incident with female official Bibiana Steinhaus has resurfaced after Sergio Aguero put his hand on assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis last night.
Playing his first game for over three months after undergoing knee surgery, Aguero was unhappy with Massey-Ellis' decision to award Arsenal a throw-in in the first half.
After showing his frustration with the call, Aguero grabbed the official's shoulder. Referee Chris Kavanagh was not made aware of the incident and it's since emerged that no action will be taken against City's record goalscorer.
Surely Aguero can't get away with touching a lineswoman like that?!- DILLINGER :japanese_ogre: (@DillanMUFC) October 17, 2020
Think Aguero should be spoken to about this, it's demeaning & not acceptable.pic.twitter.com/EDFYHWhsSm- Hari Sethi (@Hari_Sethi) October 17, 2020
Aguero was widely criticised on social media but his manager defended him, saying: "Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life. Look for problems in other situations not in this one."
Guardiola's situation with a female official has now been doing the rounds again after a clip was shared by journalist Tancredi Palmeri.
In 2014, when in charge of Bayern Munich, the Catalan was involved in a confrontation with Steinhaus, who recently retired from refereeing after making history by taking charge of the DFL Super Cup last month.
No wonder Guardiola doesn't think Aguero act was anything against the rules.- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 18, 2020
He did exactly the same at Bayern with fourth ref Bibiana Steinhaus pic.twitter.com/lh3VYXFIZr
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Behaving in a patronising manner, Guardiola forced the fourth official to shake his hand and tapped her on the arm.
He then came back later on and put his arm on her shoulder, with Steinhaus removing it and telling him to go away. Guardiola returned to his technical area and pointed to his watch - with the dispute appearing to stem from his unhappiness over the amount of added time.
The first woman referee in the Bundesliga once, the barrier-breaking Steinhaus once had her breast accidentally groped by a player.
When Turkish international Kerim Derimbay made sexist comments to her following a sending off in 2015, he was given a five-game ban by his Fortuna Dusseldorf and forced to referee a girls' game as further punishment.
The referee for the 2011 Women's World Cup final, the 2012 Olympic women's football tournament final and the 2017 Women's Champions League final was the reason a Bundesliga game between Bayern Munich and Augsburg was taken off the air in 2019.
IRIB cancelled their scheduled coverage because Iran, specifically its Islamic laws, do not approve of showing images of women wearing clothes that reveal large amounts of skin.
Their previous broadcast saw them cut to the crowd whenever she was in shot.