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Saturday 16 December 2017

Aguero claim withdrawn

Sergio Aguero is held back by police after going up the a stewards who were dealing with a fan on the pitch
Sergio Aguero is held back by police after going up the a stewards who were dealing with a fan on the pitch

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi said the adrenaline rush of an injury-time winner led to jubilant celebrations which saw Raheem Sterling sent off and Sergio Aguero accused of assault.

Sterling hit a deflected last-gasp goal to seal a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, before picking up his second yellow card for celebrating with the visiting supporters in one corner of the Vitality Stadium.

City boss Pep Guardiola was left questioning Mike Dean's decision to send off the winger, who had also hit a late equaliser in Monday's draw at home to Everton.

Sterling will now miss the visit of former club Liverpool after the international break, but it was an incident surrounding team-mate Aguero which threatened to truly overshadow the victory.

A Bournemouth steward who claimed to have been assaulted by the striker withdrew his allegation later on Saturday following an initial statement to Dorset Police.

Aguero denied the allegation and City officials reviewed footage from a number of angles and said there was nothing to support the steward's claim, which was withdrawn due to a "misunderstanding".

Two City fans were arrested for encroaching on to the pitch.

Otamendi explained that the emotions boiled over following the dramatic conclusion to the contest.

"We felt the adrenaline in the air and sometimes it is difficult to control," he said.

"I don't think he (Sterling) came out of the pitch, it is more that the fans came to him, but it is difficult to control those situations, the referee made his decision and we have to accept it."

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