Domestic players receive privilege from referees: Sergio Aguero

Updated: Oct 02, 2012, 09:10 AM IST

London: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes English players receive favourable treatment from referees compared to foreign players.

City conceded a controversial penalty within ten minutes against Fulham on Saturday, converted by Mladen Petric, when Pablo Zabaleta was judged to have fouled John Arne Riise – a decision which the striker branded as "wrong".

The Premier League champions went on to win 2-1 after Aguero scored just before half-time and Edin Dzeko netted a late winner, but referee Mark Halsey denied penalty appeals from Zabaleta and Tevez over the course of the match.

Aguero told reporters: "I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from that country [England] 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.

"Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it`s not right that some have a privilege that others don`t."