Pep Guardiola fined by FA over yellow ribbon protest
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 for wearing a yellow ribbon on the touchline during the FA Cup defeat at Wigan.
On Monday, Guardiola accepted the FA charge of “wearing a political message”, putting him in breach of the organisation’s kit and advertising regulations.
A brief statement issued by the FA read: “Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting an FA charge for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of The FA’s kit and advertising regulations.”
He has also been warned about his future conduct.
The FA spoke to the City boss about the situation in December and had previously issued two formal warnings.
However, action was taken when he wore it pitchside – he is free to wear it elsewhere – during City’s FA Cup fifth-round loss to League One side Wigan on 19 February.
Last month, Guardiola said he would continue to wear the ribbon despite being charged for doing so.
He argued that the symbol was “not about politicians, it’s about democracy”.
On Sunday, FA chief executive Martin Glenn insisted the ribbon is a political symbol, saying “it’s a symbol of Catalan independence” and “we don’t want political symbols in football”.
Guardiola responded to those comments by saying Glenn “didn’t understand the reality”.
“It’s not about the right or left. It’s not about a political issue,” Guardiola said last week. “It’s for the people who say it’s not right to have four people in jail. It says something for the humanity.”
FA chief Martin Glenn was adamant the ribbon was a political symbol, though he later apologized for some of his comments after appearing to equate the Star of David with a swastika.
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