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Why Some Man City Fans Are Planning On Wearing Yellow Ribbons At Wembley Tomorrow

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.

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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.

Image: PA
Image: PA

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.

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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.

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."

Topics: Manchester City, Carabao Cup, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, Arsenal

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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