FA chief criticised for ‘offensive’ remarks about Guardiola yellow ribbon charge

2018-03-05 11:38:32

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been criticised for his "ill-judged", "offensive" and "inappropriate" explanation of his organisation's response to Pep Guardiola's yellow ribbon.

In trying to justify the FA's decision to charge Guardiola with "wearing a political message", Glenn appeared to equate the Star of David with a swastika.

Read Glenn's comments IN FULL here: Pep Guardiola warned by FA chief Martin Glenn over yellow ribbon

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said: "I have no problem with The FA clarifying Rule 4 and specifying that ALL religious symbols are prohibited on a kit if that is the case.

"But, in explaining that decision, the CEO of The FA's examples are ill judged and in poor taste.

"The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide.

"To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate.

"We will raise formally with The FA the Jewish community's deep disappointment with this statement."

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