Man City’s Pep Guardiola & ISIS supporters
One of the stories which has been swirling around for a few weeks is the issue of Pep Guardiola and his yellow ribbon.
The Manchester City boss has been sporting his yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence.
But prior to the Carabao Cup final last weekend, the FA warned the Man City boss that the ribbon contravened FA rules about political symbols.
Risking a ban, Guardiola has continued to wear the ribbon on the sidelines.
On Sunday, FA chief executive Martin Glenn was speaking at the International FA Board meeting in Zurich, where he was drawn on the Guardiola-ribbon issue.
Glenn made some staggering statements about the issue. He compared the Man City boss to an ISIS supporter while also comparing the Star of David to a swastika.
Martin Glenn on Man City’s Pep Guardiola
In an amazingly poor set of comments, the FA’s Martin Glenn said the following, as reported in the Times:
To be honest, and to be very clear, Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon is a political symbol, it’s a symbol of Catalan independence, and I can tell you there are many more Spaniards, non-Catalans, who are pissed off by it.
All we are doing is even-handedly applying the laws of the game. Poppies are not political symbols; that yellow ribbon is. Where do you draw the line — should we have someone with a Ukip badge, someone with an Isis badge?
We have re-written Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK but things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika . . . these are the things we don’t want.
Will the Man City boss be hit with a touchline ban? A decision could come on Monday on that issue.
Social media reaction to Martin Glenn’s comments are below.
Breaking: Very swift reaction from Jewish Leadership Council in the UK. Call Glenn’s comments “ill judged” and “poor taste”. Comparison with Star of David to swastika and Mugabe “offensive and inappropriate”. They intend to formally raise the issue with The FA. pic.twitter.com/fJMl04XPf4
— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) March 4, 2018
Gutted Martin Glenn has banned my design for the City away kit for next season pic.twitter.com/e5t5zLfx9b
— Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) March 4, 2018
Thing is, Martin Glenn has the kernel of a point on political symbols (though believe he’s wrong on what the yellow ribbon actually means). But it is totally contradicted by the FA’s stance on the poppy.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) March 4, 2018
FAO Martin Glenn:pic.twitter.com/UALN4BqhtJ
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) March 4, 2018
Even by Martin Glenn's dismal standards, those quotes on Catalonia display a remarkable absence of tact.
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) March 4, 2018
If I owned an English club I’d temporarily redesign the crest to feature a picture of Martin Glenn… https://t.co/6gCjnYuiVL
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) March 4, 2018