Recently, the Catalan government decided to seek independence from Spain. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is a supporter of the Catalan government and showed it by wearing a yellow ribbon on his person. However, the football governing body was not pleased by the political statement and charged him. Guardiola accepted the consequences but affirmed that he would do it again.
As a result, Guardiola will risk a touchline ban and wear the yellow ribbon at the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal. The Manchester City boss was allegedly in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.” With the way Guardiola is gambling with the FA, it is almost like being in an online casino.
The FA wrote to Guardiola on two separate occasions to warn him to stop wearing the ribbon. However, he ignored them and declared that he will wear it again at Wembley. Guardiola has the freedom to wear the ribbon for pre- and post-match media commitments, but it is a strict no during matches.
Guardiola is likely to cop a fine for wearing the ribbon up until this point. But any future breaches, including on Sunday, could lead to a touchline ban. In a show of solidarity, A number of City supporters have vowed to wear a yellow ribbon themselves.
He has sported the ribbon on his person since October as a show of solitary for Catalunya’s political prisoners. The City boss supports the independence movement and has ties to imprisoned officials “Los Jordis” – Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart – and Oriol Junqueras.
Speaking in December, Guardiola insisting that he would continue to wear the ribbon despite any potential disciplinary action.
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 with, are in prison. It’s unfair. To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [points to ribbon] will be shared with me. OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail. If they want to suspend me — Uefa, Premier League, Fifa — it’s OK.”