Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

FA charges Guardiola for yellow ribbon protest

FA charges Guardiola for yellow ribbon protest

FA has given Guardiola time under March 5 to respond to the charges, adding that the ribbon has breached FA's kit and advertising regulations.

Guardiola started wearing the ribbon on his coat in November as a show of solidarity with Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, two Catalan politicians who have been charged with sedition.

Guardiola was not present but his family were on board and he confirmed the widely circulated version of events at a news conference to preview City's EFL Cup final clash with Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday.

According to reports made by the BBC this evening, the English Football Association (FA) have chose to bring charges against Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon which breaches the organizations rules on kit and advertising etiquette.

Guardiola has always been a supporter of Catalan independence.

FA bosses made a decision to charge him yesterday after he again wore it pitchside during City's shock FA Cup loss against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Monday night.

Guardiola said late a year ago: "All the politicians that are in prison, I hope they can leave and go back home soon with their families and continue living the lives they deserve".

"The Spanish police, obviously they do their job and have the right to stop a plane and search it".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also has a good recent record at Wembley, winning three of the last four FA Cup finals, and also beat City in last season's semifinal.

And he admitted he will be judged on silverware and not sexy football.

"Of course we'll be judged on it, this is a club that needs to grow up every year and win titles, now we have [the chance to win] the first one".

"I'd like to see my team play like we were most of the season". They can suspend me for that but the other people are in jail. It's in front of 90,000 people in a magnificent stadium in London - this is an argument to be who were are, or at least to try it.

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