FA fined Pep Guardiola £20,000 over Catalan ribbon protest

Pep Guardiola

England’s Football Association on Friday fined Pep Guardiola £20,000 ($27,700) for wearing a yellow ribbon symbolizing support of jailed Catalan independence leaders.

The Manchester City manager was also been warned as to his future conduct by the governing body after accepting a charge of “wearing a political message”.

However, Guardiola argued that wearing the ribbon is not political but has accepted the symbol is in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.

The City boss has not apologised for the gesture but has said he will stop wearing it during domestic matches in order to observe the rules.

Our correspondent learnt that the Catalonia-born, will continue to wear the symbol for pre and post-match media commitments.

Meanwhile, Guardiola’s decision is permitted as the FA’s regulations refer specifically to the technical area during matches.

Also, he can were it during Champions League games, as he did on Wednesday’s clash against Basel, because it is not a breach of UEFA codes.

His team has qualified for the quarter-final Round of the European competition, despite loosing 2-1 at home – Etihad Stadium – with an incredible 6-2 victory on aggregate.


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