Sergio Aguero’s furious clash with a pitch invader was sparked when the Manchester City star was spat at, it has been claimed.
There were ugly scenes at the final whistle after Pep Guardiola’s side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan on Monday night.
Hundreds of home fans flooded the pitch and surrounded some of the City players as they were trudging off in defeat.
Argentine striker Aguero was among those taunted by several fans and footage shown by the BBC captured him appearing to hit out at a man in a green jacket.
City staff then desperately held Aguero back as he went for the man again.
New footage posted online by a City fan captured the clash in full and the incident will surely be examined by the FA.
There were reports Aguero claims to have been spat at.
Journalist Jose Alvarez Haya told ChiringuitoTV: “A fan spat at Aguero and Kun feared he might have an object to cause him harm.”
The Premier League leaders were stunned by the League One side in the fifth round.
The encounter came to life on the stroke of half-time after Fabian Delph was dismissed for a reckless challenge.
It saw Pep Guardiola clash with Paul Cook on the touchline before the spat continued down the tunnel.
Will Grigg then gave Wigan the lead after a Kyle Walker mistake and they held on until full-time.
There are likely to be ramifications for both Wigan and Manchester City as a result of the trouble which marred an otherwise entertaining cup match.
City fans were also seen to be throwing missiles at Wigan fans and a piece of hoarding.
Guardiola claimed he did not see Aguero being attacked and it is understood City will speak to Wigan to ask why they could not protect their players better.
“I was in the locker room,” said the City boss.
“I did not see it.
Wigan chairman David Sharpe condemned the pitch invasion, saying: “It’s not nice to see. Football is emotional, that’s what it does to fans. But I don’t like to see this at the end of the game.
“It’s a massive result, but we have to stay classy in football. I didn’t like what I’ve seen here.”
A number of signs were torn down and thrown, while plastic bottles were also tossed from the stands.
Fans at the front of the stand also became embroiled in angry scenes with both police and match stewards.
Source: Mirror (UK)