Pep Guardiola exploits Prem loophole every Man City game to avoid £20k fine for Catalan ribbon

PEP Guardiola is running rings around Manchester City’s Premier League rivals.

But the Etihad chief is equally adept at side-stepping FA beaks over his support for Catalan independence.

 Pep Guardiola will now wear the yellow ribbon up until kick off, then hide it or take it off to avoid being fined

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Pep Guardiola will now wear the yellow ribbon up until kick off, then hide it or take it off to avoid being fined
 Pep Guardiola is a keen supporter of Catalan independence - but it has landed him with a £20,000 fine before

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Pep Guardiola is a keen supporter of Catalan independence – but it has landed him with a £20,000 fine before

Guardiola was fined £20,000 last season for continuing to wear a yellow ribbon, the symbol of supported for jailed leaders of the nationalist movement in his native province, on the touchline at Wigan.

The City boss was charged under Rule 12 A (4) of the FA handbook, which states: “The appearance on, or incorporation in, any item of Clothing (including Football Boots) of any distasteful, threatening, abusive, indecent, insulting, discriminatory or otherwise ethically or morally offensive message, or any political message, is prohibited.”

These regulations apply to “clubs, players, club officials or match officials” but only for the duration of games.

The rules, though, do not prevent such messages being worn before games – allowing players to wear anti-racism tee-shirts in their warm-up – or in post-match situations.

 Last season Pep Guardiola wore the yellow ribbon for various games - until he was fined for wearing it in the FA Cup against Wigan

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Last season Pep Guardiola wore the yellow ribbon for various games – until he was fined for wearing it in the FA Cup against Wigan
 When the whistle blows to start the game, the yellow ribbon is taken off or hidden, but then back on show as soon as the 90 minutes are up

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When the whistle blows to start the game, the yellow ribbon is taken off or hidden, but then back on show as soon as the 90 minutes are up
 Once the whistle has blown, Pep Guardiola will not allow his yellow ribbon and very public support for Catalan independence to be hidden

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Once the whistle has blown, Pep Guardiola will not allow his yellow ribbon and very public support for Catalan independence to be hidden

Guardiola has obeyed the regulations to the letter, either taking off his ribbon during games or keeping it hidden – he was more open about wearing a Marie Curie cancer bow – while in the dug-out.

But at pre-match press conferences and as soon as he is ready for his post-game appearances, Guardiola has made sure the Catalan symbol is there for the world to see his support.

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PEP Guardiola is running rings around Manchester City’s Premier League rivals.