Guardiola charged over support for imprisoned Catalan politicians


Pep Guardiola has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the yellow ribbon he wears during matches in solidarity with political prisoners in his native Catalonia.

The FA said in a statement that the yellow ribbon worn by Guardiola on his jacket in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians was in breach of its kit and advertising regulations.

City's manager has been wearing the ribbon since December in support of imprisoned politicians and activists.

Given that he has ignored two warning and continued to display the ribbon, the proud Catalonian is expected to do so.

Explaining his reasoning, Guardiola said in December: "I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something bold are in prison".

"To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison".

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"In the beginning, in August, we said the same - that we would be judged on how many titles we win".

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"Like everybody knows, hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it (the ribbon)". People shouldn't be confused and think it couldn't happen to them, because it can.

Guardiola's plane landed at Barcelona-El Prat airport and after its passengers had disembarked, with the Manchester City manager still on-board, several members of the Guardia Civil police boarded to search the plane.

And if he continues to defy the FA in the coming weeks then there is a possibility of a touchline ban for the Etihad chief.He has until Monday, March 5 to respond to the charge. Victory would bring Guardiola's first silverware as City boss after a trophy-laden managerial career with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The penalties would increase, however, if he keeps refusing to follow the FA's rules.