September 2, 2016 / 5:37 PM / a year ago

Man City's Aguero gets three-match ban for violent conduct

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the Football Association said on Friday.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero misses a chance to score. Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 28/8/16. Reuters / Darren Staples Livepic

The Argentine striker elbowed West Ham United defender Winston Reid during Sunday’s Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, which City won 3-1.

He will be unavailable for the derby at rivals Manchester United on Sept. 10 and will also miss City’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth and a League Cup third-round tie against Swansea City.

“Sergio Aguero will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge of violent conduct against him was found proven,” the FA said in a statement on its website (

”The club denied the charge and submitted further that, if it was to be found proven, the standard punishment would be clearly excessive.

“On finding the charge proven at a hearing today (Friday 2 September 2016), an Independent Regulatory Commission went on to reject the club’s further claim to decrease the three-match ban.”

Aguero has scored in two of City’s three league games so far this season, and also grabbed a hat-trick against Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League playoff match on Aug. 16.

He has missed Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay on Thursday and Venezuela next Tuesday with a calf muscle injury.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Rex Gowar

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