Gary Neville has his say on Sergio Aguero elbow controversy

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Once again, Sergio Aguero is one of the biggest talking points to come out of a weekend of Premier League action.

This time, though, it isn't his goal scoring exploits that have the Manchester City striker in the headlines. Instead, it is an apparent elbow on West Ham's Winston Reid, and the intent behind it, which is causing debate across the football community.

Some are arguing Aguero must be banned after his elbow came into contact with the Hammers defender's throat, whilst others - such as Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy - feel it warranted a yellow card at most. Now Gary Neville has become the latest big name to have his say.


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The former Manchester United defender turned Sky Sports pundit is widely respected as one of the most straight-talking voices in football, and his opinions often resonate with fans.

However, that might not be the case today amongst United fans desperate to see Aguero handed a ban that would rule him out of the upcoming Manchester derby.

Reacting to video footage of Aguero's clash with Reid, Neville raised doubts about the Premier League's ability to discipline the Argentinian striker.

It is worth noting that Neville was reacting to the controversial incident having not watched the game live. Admitting he is currently on holiday and had missed the game itself, he is only responding to the limited video footage he has seen.

Nevertheless, the former England right back raises a very good point.

Marriner's view

Although Aguero's elbow may, in the aftermath of Sunday's fixture, warrant retrospective punishment due to the force and potential intent with which he throws back his arm, the chances of that happening all depend on referee Andre Marriner.

If, in his report on the game, Marriner confirms that he saw the incident but decided not to take action at the time, the Premier League's disciplinary committee will have no grounds to pursue further action.

As Neville notes and video footage suggests, the referee does appear to be looking straight at Aguero and Reid when the controversial clash occurs.

United fans may not like it, but Aguero would likely avoid any ban if the 76th minute coming together makes its way into Marriner's paperwork today.

It might feel like an injustice to many at Old Trafford, but the rule has helped them in the past. Aguero's elbow will remind some fans of the one Wayne Rooney appeared to land on Wigan's James McCarthy back in 2011.

Back then, Mark Clattenburg told the F.A. he'd taken appropriate action - giving a free kick but no red card - and they were unable to hand down any further punishment despite a media furore.

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