3 Sep 2016

Aguero guilty of elbowing All White

6:13 am on 3 September 2016

The Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct.

Sergio Aguero of Man City celebrates.

Sergio Aguero of Man City celebrates. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Argentinean elbowed West Ham's All Whites skipper Winston Reid during their Premier League football clash on Monday, which City won 3-1.

He will be unavailable for the derby at rivals Manchester United on September 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.

"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, 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 August 16.

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