Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been accused of hitting a Bournemouth steward during the post-goal melee that ensued after Raheem Sterling’s winning strike.
The Cherries had taken the lead in Saturday’s early kick-off, but were pegged back by Gabriel Jesus and then stunned deep into stoppage time when Sterling’s deflected effort looped into the back of the net.
He celebrated by running over to the travelling supporters, prompting a mass scrum of fans, players and stewards to overflow onto the pitch.
Sterling was shown a yellow card for the incident – his second of the match, and thus a red – and became the first player since West Ham’s Frederic Piquionne in 2011 to be sent off for excessive celebration.
But in amongst the throng of players, fans and police, several supporters were subdued by stewards, with Aguero taking particular umbrage when one fan was wrestled to the ground.
He was seen in angry confrontation with the stewards, appearing to try and get them off the fan, before being pushed away by a policeman.
And now the Daily Mail are reporting that police have taken a statement from one of the stewards who has accused Aguero of hitting him.
Footage of the incident exists, but a City source says, having seen the tape, Aguero has done nothing wrong and is unlikely to be punished as a result of the statement.
The Argentine was left out of the starting XI for the trip to Bournemouth, with Gabriel Jesus preferred, but came off the bench in the second half as Man City pushed for a late winner.
There were reports beforehand that Aguero was angry with his omission from the starting lineup and had sat behind on the team bus long after the rest of the squad had entered the stadium.