FA charges Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola over political ribbon

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The City manager was charged by the FA on Friday for "wearing a political message", which is in breach of the English governing body's kit regulations.

Ahead of December's derby match at Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Guardiola was receiving preferential treatment by not being subjected to FA sanctions for wearing the yellow ribbon.

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The Football Association (FA) has charged Manchester City manager over his wearing of a yellow ribbon on the touchline in recent months.

When asked about the matter in December, Guardiola said he was showing solidarity with Catalan leaders incarcerated following the independence referendum - which was declared illegal by Spain - in October.

City's FA Cup ambitions this time around were sensationally slashed on the less illustrious stage of Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium on Monday.

Guardiola had said in November: "If one day in prison was already too much, look how many days they've been there now".

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"Hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it (altogether)". "It happened like it's being published in the news", Guardiola told reporters. So, until they are not out, always here (points to ribbon) will be shared with me.

And he admitted he will be judged on silverware and not sexy football.

The Spaniard won 11 major trophies with Barcelona and seven more with Bayern Munich so his failure to mark his debut season with Manchester City with anything tangible was a surprise.

"In the beginning, in August, we said the same - that we would be judged on how many titles we win". They can suspend me for that but the other people are in jail. It's in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London.

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"Don't have regrets after the game, like we didn't after the Wigan game".

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