Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accepts FA charge

2018-03-05 19:35:46

Pep Guardiola has admitted a Football Association charge of "wearing a political message".

The Manchester City manager has accepted that his wearing of a yellow ribbon on the touchline in recent months is a breach of the governing body's kit and advertising regulations.

However, Press Association Sport understands that Guardiola's response is one of observing - rather than respecting - the rules of the country he is working in and has not apologised.

Guardiola has been wearing the ribbon in support of political leaders who were jailed following the Catalonia independence referendum last October, which was declared illegal by Spain.

The Catalan-born City boss, a former Barcelona manager and captain, has argued that the symbol is not political.

The 47-year-old has requested a personal hearing to state his case and this will be arranged in due course.

An FA statement read: "Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted an FA charge for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of The FA's kit and advertising regulations.

"A paper hearing has been requested, with a date to be set in due course."

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