Why Some Man City Fans Are Planning On Wearing Yellow Ribbons At Wembley Tomorrow
Some Manchester City fans are planning to wear yellow ribbons to the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley tomorrow.
The Blues have sold all of their 32,650 allocation for the 4:30 pm kick-off against the Gunners and it seems as though as well as wearing their colours, plenty will be sporting the ribbons.
The reason? The club's manager Pep Guardiola has been wearing the yellow ribbon for months in support of imprisoned Catalonian politicians for their role in the push for Catalan independence - an issue close to Guardiola's heart.
But the former Barcelona manager and player has been charged by The FA, who deem it to be a political symbol that is not in line with their kit and advertising rules.
According to the BBC, Guardiola had been warned twice by the governing body and the fact he wore it on the touchline for the shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan on Monday meant they decided to act.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had previously questioned Guardiola wearing the symbol.
As a result of Guardiola being hit with the charge, some City fans will wear the yellow ribbon to support their manager but also hit back at the FA at the big game tomorrow.
@OfficialPDickov @StevenMcinerney @City_Chief @City_Watch Who wants to wear a yellow ribbon on Sunday in support of Pep's charge by @FA ? Let me know...I'll have them to give out for free!! Please share this! pic.twitter.com/c1jKL21W4z- Andy Turner (@AviationBlue) February 23, 2018
@FA you may stop Pep eventually, from wearing a yellow ribbon, but you'll never stop 55,000 City fans!! Come- Andy Turner (@AviationBlue) February 23, 2018
Sunday, we'll make a statement that you will regret. No coincidence, 'Gill in Seville' right before a Wembley final when Pep's been wearing it for months? #conspiracy
@ManCity I will be wearing a yellow ribbon tomorrow at Wembley in support of Pep and all he has done for us so far. City fans show your support by wearing your ribbons and put two fingers up to the pathetic FA. :blue_heart:City:blue_heart:Pep.- JAYNE HANKINSON (@JAYNEHANKINSON) February 24, 2018
Our Country is known for tolerance and freedom of speech so why is Guardiola being charged by the FA for wearing a yellow ribbon, something he believes in all City fans should wear yellow ribbons on Sunday- ken green (@kengreen2) February 23, 2018
City fans are urged to back Pep Guardiola's right to wear a yellow ribbon - a symbol of his support for activists jailed for campaigning for Catalan independence. The @FA are threatening punitive action against @ManCity boss. Expect many #MCFC fans to show solidarity at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/sqhOZIxfMU- Read But Never Red (@ReadButNeverRed) February 24, 2018
We will be doing. Not sure how many we can muster in 24 hours...but we'll be aiming for hundreds. Check out my tweets for updates. We're in section 256, so we'll be close to there around 14:30. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:- Andy Turner (@AviationBlue) February 23, 2018
Commenting on why he wears the ribbon back in November, as quoted by The Guardian, Guardiola said:
"I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree, are in prison. It's unfair.
"To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [pointing to ribbon] will be shared with me.
"Because, they can suspend me for doing that but the other people are in jail. If they want to suspend me - Uefa, Premier League, Fifa - it's ok."