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FA charges Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over political ribbon

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Kristopher Love | 24 February, 2018, 05:16

Pep Guardiola has been charged by English FA for apparently making a political statement during Manchester City matches by wearing a yellow ribbon.

"He has until 6pm on Monday, 5 March 2018 to respond to the charge".

He wears a yellow ribbon to protest at the imprisonment in Spain of several activists Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart accused of organising the referendum.

Guardiola has ignored two formal warnings from The FA, staying true to his beliefs, and has now been charged.

City will play three games before that deadline - Sunday's EFL Cup final against Arsenal, a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face the Gunners in the Premier League on Thursday and Chelsea's visit to the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

Officers inspected the plane after it arrived at Barcelona airport from Manchester believing that Puigdemont might be on board, Catalan Radio reported on Thursday.

Back in the terminal Guardiola was told the police had been looking for Puigdemont who is now believed to be in exile in Belgium.

"That's something that my wife explained to me".

Speaking in December, he said: "I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree, are in prison. It is unfair", he said.

When asked about the ribbon in November, the Catalan man stated: "If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they've been there now".

According to Catalunya Rádio "this is not the first time this has happened" and they added that the police force also monitor private planes that transport Chinese people. "If they want to suspend me, UEFA, Premier League, FIFA, it's okay". "I will be suspended".