Foreign players let down by Premier League referees, claims Man City striker Aguero

Sergio Aguero believes the Premier League’s foreign players do not get fair treatment from English referees, after two of the Manchester City striker’s compatriots were involved in controversial penalty decisions against Fulham, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Argentina international watched on as Pablo Zabaleta was penalised for fouling John Arne Riise in a challenge that, if it was a foul, was outside of the area, while later Carlos Tevez was denied a penalty in a challenge with the same Fulham player, who accused Tevez of diving.

Aguero said after the match that English players more often than not receive the benefit of the doubt from officials, which he added was part of the nature of domestic players competing in their own league. He added: “There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from that country. But that is normal. We just play our game, and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not.

There will always be mistakes for any team and [the referee got the Fulham penalty] wrong. But that can happen in any game. If it does, it’s not good for anyone. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.

City eventually won the game 2-1, an Aguero goal cancelling out Mladen Petric’s spot kick before half-time with Edin Dzeko grabbing the winner with only minutes remaining.

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