Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss told there is no place for ‘political symbols in football’


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola should not wear a yellow ribbon because “we don’t want political symbols in football”, FA chief executive Martin Glenn has said.

The Spaniard has been wearing the ribbon on the touchline in support of imprisoned politicians in Catalonia.

The Football Association charged him last month after two warnings.

“You can’t have and we don’t want football equipment to display political symbols,” said Glenn.

Glenn was speaking at the International Football Association Board (Ifab) meeting in Zurich, where the use of video assistant referees was approved.

“To be very clear, his yellow ribbon is a political symbol, it’s a symbol of Catalan independence,” added Glenn.

“I can tell you there are many more Spaniards, non-Catalans, who are upset by it.

“We have rewritten the laws of the game so that things like a poppy are OK but things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, these are the things we don’t want.”


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