City could sue as Aguero reveals how fan provoked him
MANCHESTER City are considering legal action after Sergio Aguero claimed he was verbally abused and spat at by a Wigan fan, Sky Sports News reports.
City met with the Argentine striker on Tuesday morning to discuss his recollections of events at the DW Stadium on Monday, where City were dumped out of the FA Cup fifth round by the League One side.
A pitch invasion and disorder in the stands ensued at the final whistle, all of which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Athletic and the FA.
Aguero was pictured clashing with supporters and he maintains he was verbally abused and spat at in the ear by a Wigan fan.
Sky sources say the club is now considering whether the player has a case of common assault against the fan and, at this stage, they have not ruled out contacting police over the incident.
Aguero will not face any disciplinary action, although he has been reminded of his responsibilities.
The decision not to charge the City forward was made after consideration of the match referee's report and all available footage of events on the pitch and in the tunnel area at half-time and full-time.
No formal disciplinary action will be taken against any individual players or non-playing staff from either team in relation to events at half-time.
It is understood City are also unhappy with the stewarding operation at Wigan, which they believe was inadequate for such a high-profile game.
They also believe the response from the stewards to the pitch invasion was ineffective.
Wigan, who will next host Southampton in the quarter-finals, beat City 1-0 in the 2013 FA Cup final and knocked them out in the sixth round of the competition the following season.
Manchester City and Wigan Athletic have been charged for failing to control their players during an FA Cup fifth-round match in which the third-tier side pulled off a huge shock by winning 1-0 at the DW Stadium.
Players from both teams were involved in a clash after City midfielder Fabian Delph was sent off in the 45th minute on Monday for a sliding challenge on Max Power. The clubs have until Friday to respond to the FA charge. Wigan beat the runaway Premier League leaders with a late goal from talismanic striker Will Grigg.
Both clubs have also been asked for their observations regarding the crowd trouble at the end of the game.
Wigan said they will conduct a full investigation after some ugly scenes following the final whistle, with missiles thrown and fans hurling advertising boards onto the pitch. Two arrests were made on suspicion of affray following an incident outside the ground.
"Whilst we appreciate that the vast majority of supporters who ran onto the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with the action of a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner," Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson said in a statement. "Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation.
"However, it is important to not let the actions of a few supporters detract from an incredible night at the DW Stadium. A special atmosphere was created by both sets of supporters and the match was yet another memorable day in the history of Wigan Athletic."