Guardiola accepts FA charge of promoting political message
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola looks on during their Champions League group F soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The English Football Association on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon to support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as both a player and coach.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accepted a charge of promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians, the English Football Association said on Monday.
The ribbon was in breach of kit and advertising regulations, the FA said. A hearing for Guardiola will be arranged in due course.
Guardiola has been wearing the yellow ribbon at matches and news conferences since Catalonia's failed secession bid in October, when a banned independence referendum was held. He was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as a player and coach.
Under FA rules, Guardiola cannot wear the ribbon on the touchline during games. He is likely to continue wearing it at other times.