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Luiz plays down clash with Aguero

David Luiz has brushed off his latest controversial clash with Sergio Aguero as late-game frustration on the part of the Manchester City striker.

Aguero was sent off for an horrific stoppage-time tackle on Luiz as City were beaten 3-1 by the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The incident sparked a bench-clearing brawl involving players and staff of both sides that also saw City's Fernandinho sent off and bookings for Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas.

Luiz and Aguero had clashed earlier in the game with the Chelsea defender perhaps lucky to escape a red card himself after appearing to deny his opponent a goalscoring opportunity.

HISTORY

The pair also have history with Aguero having sparked a furore with a two-footed challenge on the Brazilian in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final.

Of the latest matter, Luiz said: "I don't like to publicise things.

"This is not part of the beautiful football.

"Aguero is an amazing player, he scores a lot, he wins a lot.

"It is better when you talk about Aguero to talk about good things rather than bad things.

"It is quite normal frustration when you don't win the game and I don't like to speak about negative things.

"It is normal in football - when you win, you be happy, when you lose, you be sad."

SUSPENSION

Aguero has already missed three games through suspension this season for elbowing West Ham's Winston Reid and is now heading for a four-match ban, which will be a big blow for City.

Fernandinho is set to be banned for three games and, to make matters worse for City, a unrelated booking for Nicolas Otamendi means he will also miss the next league game at Leicester.

In addition, it is possible both sides could face extra disciplinary action from the Football Association for failing to control their players. - PA SPORT

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