Pep fined £20,000 over Catalan ribbon protest

Man city boss pepGuardiola had been fined by  England’ s Football Association on Friday the sum of £20, 000 ( $27, 700) for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalan independence leaders.

The City boss has also been warned as to his future conduct by the governing body after accepting a charge of “ wearing a political message” .

Guardiola has argued wearing the symbol is not political but has accepted it is in breach of the FA ’ s kit and advertising regulations.

He has not apologised for the gesture but has said he will stop wearing it during domestic matches in order to observe the rules.

The Catalonia – born City boss will continue to wear the ribbon for pre and post- match media commitments , however . This is permitted as the FA ’ s regulations refer specifically to the technical area during games .

He can also wear it during Champions League matches, as he did for Wednesday ’ s clash against Basel , because it is not a breach of UEFA codes.


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