SERGIO AGUERO was criticized after grabbing assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis on the shoulder.
The Manchester City forward was discussing a pitch in the decision given to Arsenal when he put his hand on his shoulder.
The assistant referee was then seen raising a hand to pull Aguero away from her.
Contact with brief, but in 2016 a new set of rules was introduced to protect officials.
Any physical contact with a referee or an assistant justifies a yellow or a red according to its seriousness.
But Aguero will not be punished in retrospect after the FA revealed that no formal action was required.
Since the incident, the player has been criticized by football fans.
Piers Morgan tweeted: “Uh, what is Aguero doing here? And why wasn’t he kicked out for that? ”
MP Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, also spoke, saying: ‘Who does Aguero think he is? Completely unacceptable. ”
Meanwhile, football writer Leanne Prescott said, “Aguero really touches Sian Massey’s neck.
“No way he’ll do that if he’s a man.” Demeaning and so bad. He doesn’t even blink and doesn’t realize what he’s done either.
“Should be banned for that. “
She later added: “Those who complain about the ban calls, I know 2020 is wild, but have we really reached the stage where it’s okay to grab someone by the neck like that? ”
The Premier League announced the rule changes four years ago.
In a statement at the time, they said: “Premier League football, and the wider game in England, is known to be competitive and compelling, but also for its fairness and for being played with the right spirit.
“However, English football authorities have noticed over the past four seasons that the intolerable behavior of players and managers in their competitions has reached unacceptable levels in some areas.
“Professional Match Officials (PGMOs) will take a stronger stance and take action against unacceptable participant conduct.
“This will focus on behavior towards match officials, with the aim of reducing disrespectful behavior such as aggressively contested decisions or running from a distance to face an official. ”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was upset last night to even be asked about Aguero’s actions and said: “Come on guys, come on.
“Sergio is the nicest person I have ever met in my life, so look for trouble in other situations and not in this one.
“We are extremely happy that Sergio is back. After four months of absence he is still far from his best condition, but he got 60 minutes today and that’s good.
“We have another Champions League game on Wednesday and it is important to find him available again.
“We need his goals and we need his performances. ”
Fans online were quick to report Aguero’s breach of the rules.
One said, “Aguero should have been booked for catching Sian Massey-Ellis like that. ”
Another added: “Aguero should have been given a yellow card for what he did to Sian Massey. ”
Massey-Ellis, 35, is one of football’s foremost female referees and has been involved in Premier League matches since 2010. She received an MBE for her services to football in 2017.