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British Players Given Preferential Treatment by Referees Says Sergio Aguero: The Daily EPL

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says that British players are given preferential treatment by Premier League referees.

“There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from [Britain], 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.”

Aguero’s comments come hot on the heels of City’s win against Fulham where Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez had penalty appeals turned down. This happened on the same day where fellow South American striker Luis Suarez had a blatant penalty decision ruled against him when he was fouled in the area against Norwich City.

What do you think? Are British footballers given preferential treatment by referees or not? Post your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. dust

    October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    What a load of Tosh from Aguero, his uncle Diego Maradona taught him everything he knows im sure..what a joke of a statement.

    I’m sure he will be fined by the FA for accusing referee’s of this. Brendan Rodgers needs to pipe down too. There are players on his team that blatantly dive, one of whom he loaned out, yes thats right andy carroll goes down just as quickly as Suarez who by the way earned his reputation.

    I don’t see how everyone can ask the refs to crack down on diving and then when they do by not rewarding penalties start accusing refs of being bias..yes they will get some calls wrong, but I would rather they didn’t award penalties unless it is clearly egregious.

    At no point in the next 10 years will replay be brought in Fifa and Uefa had to be brought kicking and screaming to introduce goal line technology.

    I can see the 5th official being brought in to the BPL before technologies.

    • Why?

      October 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

      Maradona is not Aguero’s uncle also Aguero isn’t accusing anybody of anything he was stating that British born players seem to have an advantage which there are many, many examples of like Tevez booked for diving last year at Southampton any one could see he was fouled and replays clearly showed this but he was booked. Why? I tell you after the Southampton player protested, so what did the ref see? It’s clear he didn’t see a foul but went along with the player from where I wonder? Hmmm. Does Tevez have a reputation for diving? No he doesn’t. Now look at some of young comedy dives of last year that where ridiculed by the whole world! Again what did the ref see? There was no foul so he didn’t see one he simply gave the benefit of doubt to Young.
      Now a couple of seasons ago an nasty elbow by Rooney in clear view of the ref at Wigan put against an off the ball elbow incident this season against Balotelli also seen by the ref who simply waved play on, again what did and didn’t the ref see? We know he’d seen it to wave on play. So what made him do that? the Rooney elbow was pretty serious I’m sure you’ll agree if you’ve seen it, how did the FA react after the game? Nothing at all, although the Stoke player against Balotteli was banned afterwards the point is nothing given in the game. There are many more for than against. There are foreign divers but just as many British the point is the Brits get away with a lot more and that is what Aguero is saying and he’s clearly right!

      Oh by the way Aguero is not a diver unlike your teams British player Bale who has a name for it, not to mention the cards for it as well lol.

  2. Matt

    October 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I would say the media definetly treats the British players like angels when it comes to diving though, to them its only a “foreign thing”. And even when a British player does dive its either called “smart” or he “learned it from those damn foreigners”

  3. Sammy

    October 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Whether or not British footballers are given preferential treatment, we have no way of knowing. We can only speculate when things seem to be that way, but ultimately we are unableto read into the refres’ minds to conclude anything. In Suarez’s case it is different. He always gets refereeing decsions aginst him because of his bad reputation for diving, over-exaggerating and complaining. It’s dificult to say if he’ll actually get the same treatment if he were a British player.

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    • The Gaffer

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