Manchester City were given an extended 24 hours to appeal Sergio Aguero’s suspension for next week’s Manchester derby on Thursday morning and they have decided to contest the FA’s charge.
Aguero caught Winston Reid with an elbow during their 3-1 win over West Ham last weekend in the 76 minute but referee Andre Marriner took no action at the time.
He was charged by the FA earlier in the week and a date for a disciplinary hearing is now set to be determined.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City side face Man United on September 10, which would be the first match of a three-match suspension for the Argentinian if banned.
Without him, City do still have plenty of threat in front of goal but are undoubtedly weaker without his presence up front.
It’s likely he’ll be banned for the derby and it’ll be a big boost for United as Guardiola’s danger man has been in brilliant form already this campaign.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini were banned last season for violent conduct and their situations were not as serious as Aguero’s, United fans will want some consistency from the FA and questions will be raised if they decide to do nothing.