Monday, 5 March 2018

FA chiefs warn Pep Guardiola against wearing political yellow ribbon

According to FA chief executive Martin Glenn, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola should not wear a political symbol following his charge for displaying a yellow ribbon.
The FA has charged Guardiola for wearing the ribbon during league and domestic cup matches this season and the 47-year-old has until Monday to respond.

The ribbon, worn in protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in Guardiola's native Catalonia, was deemed to break the FA's kit and advertising rules.

He said "It's the same rule and we don't want football equipment to display political symbols. That has always been the case. The problem we had with poppies is that for some reason a new person at FIFA seemed to think poppies were a political symbol and we fought hard against that notion and thankfully sense broke out. We have re-written Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are okay but things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don't want. And, to be honest, and to be very clear, Pep Guardiola's yellow ribbon is a political symbol, it's a symbol of Catalan independence, and I can tell you there are many more Spaniards, non-Catalans, who are p****d off by it."

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