Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians because he is "a human being before a manager".
The Manchester City manager has worn the ribbon to support Catalonian politicians imprisoned in Spain.
Pep Guardiola is considering using the FA's defiance over Fifa's poppy ruling as part of his defence against a charge that the governing body brought against him for wearing a yellow ribbon.
City's 3-0 win over Arsenal in the League Cup final on Sunday seems virtually certain to be followed by the Premier League title in May with Guardiola's club now 13 points clear, with a game in hand.
Guardiola's representatives insist that the ribbon is a show of solidarity rather than an act of political activism, with that being a key difference.
"I accept the fine if I broke the rules".
The FA toldCNN it had no further comment on Guardiola defying the charge - which he has until 6pm on March 5 to officially respond to. "I have empathy for the people who have no freedom like the situation with the guys in Catalonia", Guardiola said through a translator. They don't have weapons, just votes, they didn't break anything. "I think it's not about politicians, it's about democracy, it's about people who will give absolutely everything [for] democracy". While Catalan independence is political and remembering deceased soldiers isn't as much, both instances were viewed by organizations as political statements and those who wanted to make those statements viewed the punishment as being worth it. "I am a human being". "I think England knows very well what that means".
"You allowed Scotland to have a referendum if they're going to stay or not and after the people vote - that's what they're asking [in Catalonia] and they are in jail right now".
Guardiola had opened the press conference by thanking Manchester City's owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and later refused to be drawn when asked to comment on the state of human rights in the UAE.
After winning the League Cup Guardiola spoke passionately, and at length, about his reasons for fighting for Catalonia's politicians now in jail for their part in the independence vote.
"Every country decides the way they want to live for themselves", Guardiola said in response to a question by Associated Press reporter Rob Harris.
"The Union of European Football has another opinion regarding these issues", said Guardiola. "Here, apparently, it's different".