Reports have confirmed that Man City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged by the FA for wearing a political message in the mold of a yellow ribbon.
The FA disclosed in a statement released, that the yellow ribbon which was worn by the City manager on his jacket was to show support to the imprisoned Catalan politicians, which was a breach of its kit and advertising regulations.
Guardiola has been given a deadline of 6 pm on Monday, March 5 to respond to the charge. The Spanish manager was seen wearing the ribbon during his press conference at the City football academy on Friday.
Meanwhile, while political messages have been banned around football games for years, UEFA adjusted their rules this season to only affect offensive messages.
Guardiola was said to have worn the ribbon in support of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, politicians who received imprisonment for their involvement in the row over Catalan independence.
Mourinho had earlier criticized Guardiola for being allowed to wear the ribbon before their sides clashed in the Premier League.
‘I’ve known Pep for many years,’ he said. ‘I think I know what Pep feels about his country. To have it in football, I don’t know the rules.
‘If the rules allow us to do that, he is a free citizen to do it, but I am not sure if the rules allow any political message on the pitch. That’s just my doubt. I think I wouldn’t be allowed to, that’s just what I think.’