From a female point of view I think it’s been blown out of proportion. It didn’t even register with me at first because I didn’t think it was a big deal. At worse i guess it could be seen as a little bit patronising. But there is nothing to say Aguero wouldn’t have done the same bad it been a male ref.
I honestly believe people are jumping on it because she’s a woman. But if that were me, I wouldn’t want to be singled out for my gender. Players do put their hands on male referees, be it their shoulders or whatever. It’s just not flagged up.
I listened to an interview with Sian Massey a while back actually and she seemed pretty strong minded. She’d have said if she felt intimidated. To work in the men’s game she has to pass all the same fitness tests etc as the men do, and she loves that. She doesn’t want to be viewed differently.
One thing I will say though is I didn’t like Pep’s comment about Aguero being the nicest person he has ever met. That’s completely irrelevant. Up there with “he’s not that kind of player”.