Guardiola Charged By English FA For Yellow Ribbon Protest

  • Guardiola Charged By English FA For Yellow Ribbon Protest

Guardiola Charged By English FA For Yellow Ribbon Protest

Pep Guardiola lifted his first trophy as Manchester City manager then gave an impassioned defence of continuing to wear a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence.

The Catalan coach was charged by the FA on Friday, two days before the game against Arsenal, for wearing the ribbon, which is a gesture of support to jailed Catalan independence activists. But this was primarily an afternoon in which he could celebrate the first silverware of his City tenure.

"It was so important we won this after going out of the FA Cup". We are here to play these types of game, why to be nervous?

The news conference started with Guardiola thanking City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates. I can't forget how they took care of me last season when it wasn't so good.

Guardiola could now face a touchline ban but said: "I accept the fines [for wearing the yellow ribbon]". "I think England knows very well what that means". "They say you can wear anything as long as you show it with respect. Here it's different apparently". I am a human being and this is for humanity and there are four guys in prison and other guys, who will be in jail, they don't have weapons, just balls in the ballot, that's why. "You know everybody is innocent until the judge proves you are guilty and they aren't being judged". Anyone can be in that situation.

"In August we said the same, we'll be judged for how many titles we win, for the big clubs it is always the same".

"If I broke the rules, I accept the fine", he said. "It's just to be part of something in humanity".

They have won their last three Wembley finals, all in the FA Cup, against Hull City (2014), Aston Villa (2015) and Chelsea past year when they were also underdogs.

"A little bit of everything went against us", Wenger said.