FA lose patience with Guardiola
As Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is preparing for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup Final, the English FA notified that he will face charges. The reason is that the Catalan manager breached the kit and advertising regulations. Evidently, Guardiola displayed a political message in the form of a yellow ribbon. Additionally, the former Barcelona manager received several warnings about this breach but he remained adamant to wear the symbolic ribbon.
The FA’s statement read:
“Pep Guardiola has been charged for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of The FA’s kit and advertising regulations.
“He has until 6pm on Monday 5 March 2018 to respond to the charge.”
Guardiola who hails from Catalunya, wore the yellow ribbon in support for imprisoned Catalan politicians. Moreover, he wore it frequently since political conflict escalated in Catalunya. The Spanish region is embroiled in a conflict with Spain’s central government about their independence. When asked about a possible punishment, the City manager replied:
“If they want to suspend me – Uefa, Premier League, Fifa. It’s OK.
“I do that because in Spain for two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree [with], are in prison,.
“To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison.
“And they are still there. So, until they are not out, always here (points to ribbon) will be shared with me. Because, OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail.”
This week, Guardiola was involved in a bizarre incident as his private plane was subjected to a spot-check as soon as it landed in Barcelona. The police told Guardiola that they were looking for deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.