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  • Guardiola accepts FA charge of promoting political message

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has accepted a charge of promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. The English Football Association says the ribbon is in breach of kit and advertising regulations and that hearing for Guardiola will be arranged in due course.

, Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola looks during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

05 of March 2018 18:32:37

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has accepted a charge of promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians.

The English Football Association says on Monday the ribbon is in breach of kit and advertising regulations, and that a hearing for Guardiola will be arranged in due course.

Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as a player and coach.

Guardiola has been wearing the yellow ribbon at matches and news conferences since Catalonia's failed secession bid in October when a banned independence referendum was held.


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