FA Cup Fallout

David Luiz accepts Aguero's apology

April 17, 2013
By Press Association

Chelsea defender David Luiz has accepted Sergio Aguero's apology following the Argentinian's two-footed challenge in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.

AP Photo/Kirsty WigglesworthChelsea's David Luiz said he forgives Sergio Aguero for this hard tackle in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal but the Manchester City forward "needs to be honest with himself and say I don't like to do bad tackles."

City striker Sergio Aguero last night wrote on his official Twitter account: "I've contacted @DavidLuiz_4 and apologized for what happened during the match. It was an impulse reaction that shouldn't have happened."

Luiz responded: "Thank you @aguerosergiokun for a demonstration of character. We get to know great man and athletes this way."

Both of Aguero's boots made contact with the upper part of Luiz's left leg as the two tangled late in City's 2-1 win, which secured a place against Wigan in next month's final.

The Argentina international will face no action over the challenge after the Football Association confirmed referee Chris Foy had seen at least part of the incident and acted on it during the match, meaning the governing body were unable to deal with it retrospectively.

Luiz suffered no serious harm in the challenge and played on until the end of the match -- but in the aftermath did call on his fellow South American to apologize.

"Aguero is a great player but he needs to be honest with himself and say, 'I don't like to do bad tackles,' " he said.

"Kids see the game and they want to see the good things and not the bad -- I would apologize. Football is beautiful, but sometimes in games people have five seconds like that -- I forgive him because I have a good heart. I don't like to beat people.

"Sometimes in a game people have five seconds when they are angry and do things they don't like to do. I think it was that. I never saw Aguero do a bad tackle on other players."