Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss charged by FA over 'political message'

Pep Guardiola wears a yellow ribbon at football games to show his support for Catalonian independence

Guardiola, whose side face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, has until 6pm on Monday, March 5 to respond to the charge.

The Spaniard breached the governing body's kit and advertising regulations by donning a yellow ribbon as a symbol of support for imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia.

There were even two formal warnings in which the Catalan boss supposedly ignored.

The Football Association (FA) has charged Manchester City manager over his wearing of a yellow ribbon on the touchline in recent months.

Spanish media reports claimed the Guardia searched an aircraft belonging to Manchester City manager Guardiola earlier this week when it landed at Barcelona's El Prat airport from Manchester.

Guardiola has been vocal proponent of Catalan independence, recording a campaign video for the Junts pel Si party before regional elections in 2015 and speaking at a rally in favour of a referendum on the region's future in July previous year.

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The City chief claimed: "If they want to suspend me - Uefa, Premier League, Fifa".

The legality of the ribbon in English football became questionable, as Jose Mourinho asked in a press conference in December whether such a political message should be allowed.

"I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something bold are in prison".

"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". "To be in prison, you need to have done something very serious and they have been in prison for 60 days aleady".

Understand The FA started speaking to Guardiola in Dec about the ribbon.

Guardiola's current contract is due to expire at the end of next season, but he will put pen to paper on an extension to keep him at the Etihad until the summer of 2021.


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