Sergio Aguero will face no retrospective action following this incident with assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
The Manchester City striker placed his hand on Massey-Ellis’s shoulder after she awarded Arsenal a throw-in in the first half.
Players can be cautioned or sent off if they touch officials, but he did not receive any punishment.
Sergio Aguero will not face retrospective action after grabbing the shoulder of assistant ref
The Man City forward complained to Sian Massey-Ellis over a throw-in decision
Pep Guardiola defended Aguero after City’s 1-0 win and it is understood the authorities will not be investigating further.
The City boss said: ‘Come on guys, Sergio is the nicest person I have met in my life. Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.’
Not everyone agreed with Guardiola, however, as Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright branded Aguero’s actions ‘unnecessary’ and ‘patronising’.
In Sky Sport’s post-match coverage, Aguero’s former team-mate Micah Richards said the incident ‘didn’t look good.
He said: ‘He didn’t need to do it really. You have to respect the officials. I think she deals with the situation really well.
‘He’ll know better. I don’t think we need to go over the top on it but he shouldn’t be touching the officials, it doesn’t look good.’
Guardiola leapt to Aguero’s defence, claiming the Argentine is the ‘nicest person’ he’s ever met
Former Premier League referee Chris Foy said: ‘The key words are ‘aggressive’ and ‘confrontational.’ The laws state, ‘it’s not unusual for players to come into contact with officials.
‘As long as this is done courteously and not in an aggressive or confrontational manner there is no requirement for a referee to take action’.
Massey-Ellis was the subject of sexist jibes which cost presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys their jobs at Sky Sports in 2011.