Sergio Aguero pushes Wigan fan in altercation as Manchester City crash to shock FA Cup defeat
Pep Guardiola rages at Wigan manager in furious tunnel bust-up, as Wigan’s victory over Premier League leaders is marred by fans invading pitch with missiles also thrown
Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-tier side’s shock FA Cup win over Manchester City.
Fans spilled on to the pitch at the DW Stadium as the hosts celebrated their 1-0 fifth-round win against the runaway English Premier League leaders.
Supporters from both clubs were involved in scuffles, while television pictures appeared to show a home fan and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.
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Aguero appeared to hit the supporter after the fan said something to the player, and Aguero had to be held back by his City teammates.
Advertising hoardings were also ripped out and thrown as a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the defeated City players were being escorted off the pitch.
Footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police officers by fans in the City end.
City manager Pep Guardiola said he was in the changing room and did not see the Aguero incident.
“It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens,” he said.
Wigan counterpart Paul Cook was also in his changing room at the time.
“It’s not correct [pitch invasions], but I haven’t seen these incidents so I’d rather not give an opinion, but players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”
Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, but this was an even bigger shock, the defeat ending City’s pursuit of a quadruple.
Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off the upset. They host Southampton in the quarter-finals next month.
City were forced to play the entire second half with 10 men after left back Fabian Delph was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a strong challenge on Max Power.
WATCH: Pep Guardiola squares off with Wigan manager in the tunnel at half-time
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Guardiola accepted the referee’s decision and played down its significance.
“We played good in the second half even with 10 so the influence in terms of the way we played wasn’t too much,” he said. “Of course, with 11 it’s easier. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. Football is like this.
“Of course, we are sad and we want to go through because the FA Cup is a nice competition and you want to go to the quarter-finals. They score a goal, we were not able to. We congratulate Wigan for their victory.”
While Delph’s red card led to Guardiola and Cook exchanging strong words on the touchline and in the tunnel at half-time, both managers said there wasn’t a problem.
“From our point of view we’re trying to get every edge in everything we can,” Cook said.
“We certainly wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well.”