Guardiola fined for yellow ribbon
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is fined for wearing a yellow ribbon. The loop is a political symbol for the FA.
The English football association FA has fined Pep Guardiola from the leader of the standings Manchester City 20,000 pounds (approx. 22,500 euros) for wearing a yellow ribbon on the sidelines.
The Spaniard had wore the ribbon on his clothes as a sign of solidarity with those imprisoned in Barcelona for their efforts to achieve independence in Catalonia.
The FA had rated the loop as a political symbol and thus as a violation of the rules of the association. Born in the province of Barcelona, Guardiola is a great supporter of the independence movement in Catalonia. The 47-year-old said that wearing the ribbon was not politically motivated, but accepted the punishment.
The former Bayern Munich coach announced he would abandon the loop during games in England. At the same time, however, he wants to carry the symbol on appointments before and after meetings. This does not violate the rules of the FA, as they only apply to the coaching zone.
In the Champions League matches, Guardiola are also allowed to carry on with the loop, as happened in a 2-1 defeat against FC Basel on Wednesday.