On Monday Josep Guardiola agreed with the charge of the Football association concerning the fact of carrying political symbols. Now the head coach of Manchester City won't put on yellow tape during the matches of the Premier League. Gambling&Sports portal is recollecting how was this story developing for a few weeks.
Scandals about political symbols in England arise regularly. In 2011 and 2016 red poppies were banned by FIFA which are the symbol of memory of the victims of the military conflicts in the countries of the British Commonwealth. In 2011 the English national team was allowed to play friendly match with Spain in shirts with the image of red poppy only after prince William and Premier-minister of Great Britain David Cameron interfered with a situation. Five years later FIFA has banned red poppy but national teams of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland ignored the ban and earned their penalties. In November 2017 Memorial Day, fortunately, didn't grow into scandal, as FIFA changed regulations and agreed on some distinctions on gear if they don't contradict the ban on religious and political symbols.
Josep Guardiola began to carry a yellow tape on overclothes in October. The coach of Manchester City has linked this symbol with support of political prisoners in Catalonia. It is interesting that the Football association didn't react to this gesture of Guardiola for a long time. The coach of the Citizens was accused of use of political symbols only on the 23rd of February.
Soon one more interesting fact emerged – the Spanish police have searched the plane that belonged to Josep Guardiola. Police officers expected to find in it the former president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont who ran away after the announcement of independence of Catalonia whom Guardiola supported.
In several days after being accused the press published the comments of Guardiola on this situation. The coach of Manchester City warned the Football association that he will continue to carry a yellow tape on clothes. "I sympathize with people who are in prison. Any could appear in such situation. They had no weapon, they just participated in election. Don't forget that first of all I am a person and the coach", - Guardiola said.
But then Guardiola has changed the position. The Spaniard said that the interests of the club are more important than his own interests and that if Manchester City is threatened by any sanctions then he is ready to stop wearing yellow tape. It is possible that Josep gave these comments after discussion of the current situation with the club.
Shortly before several words about a yellow tape were said by the head of Football association Glenn Martin. He reported that it is necessary to understand accurately a boderline between political and other symbols. Glenn told that red poppy doesn't have any political sense while the yellow tape which is carried by Josep Guardiola is a direct symbol of independence of Catalonia. The head of Football association is worried that if they don’t take measures then in the future it is possible to face much more radical symbols.
On the 5th of March Josep Guardiola agreed with charges of Football association. At the same time the coach didn't apologize for wearing a yellow tape and he just obeyed to rules. It is interesting that there are no regulations of UEFA concerning the ban to coaches to carry such symbols therefore during the matches of the Champions League we still will be able to see a tape on clothes of the coach of Manchester City.
There is no place to politics in football and Josep Guardiola wasn't able to jump over the rules of the Football association as well as to bypass the rivals in the fight for a title of the Premier League.