Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

FA charges Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over political ribbon

FA charges Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over political ribbon

The FA says that the ribbon is promoting a political message and so contravenes the rules.

Guardiola has been wearing the yellow ribbon at matches and news conferences since Catalonia's failed secession bid in October when a banned independence referendum was held.

Pep Guardiola is prepared to go head to head with the FA after the association charged him with sanctions for wearing a yellow ribbon.

Pep has worn the ribbon for a long time now as a show of support for Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, Catalan politicians who were imprisoned in October.

Guardiola, whose side face Arsenal in the League Cup final on Sunday, has until March 5 to respond to the charge. They concern specifically what is displayed on the field or at pitchside.

Two formal warnings have been issued which he has essentially ignored.

Guardiola said: "I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree (with), are in prison". "To rebel like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison, and they are still there". And they are still there. The manager spoke about the possibility of being fined for wearing the yellow ribbon while on duty: "If UEFA, FIFA or the Premier League want toc ahrge me for wearing the yellow ribbon, fine".

Reports in Spain on Friday claimed Spanish police boarded Guardiola's private jet at Barcelona's El Prat airport last week to search for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. People shouldn't be confused and think it couldn't happen to them, because it can.' . The search of Guardiola's plane was followed by another incident when a vehicle in which Guardiola's daughter was travelling was stopped by Police.

When asked about the ribbon back in November, Guardiola said: "If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they've been there now".

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