Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager has been charged by the Football Association for “wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon”.
According to the governing body, he breached the FA’s kit and advertising regulations. In November, Guardiola said he wears the ribbon to support imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia.
He has been given the time until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 5 March to respond to the charge. In mid-December, the FA had spoken to Guardiola about the issue and two formal warnings have been given which were ignored.
The charge was then triggered when he again wore it pitchside during City’s shock FA Cup loss against Wigan on Monday. After an independence vote in October, two key members of the Catalan independence movement were held without bail which the Madrid government deemed illegal.
In November, Guardiola had said: “If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they’ve been there now. Like everybody knows, hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it. 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.”
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