The FA’s strict stance on political messages: A review of Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon case

Published 11 April 2018 | Authored by: John Shea

On 23 February 2018, The Football Association (The FA) confirmed that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, had been charged with misconduct1 after he wore a yellow ribbon during an FA Cup fixture against Wigan. According to The FA, the yellow ribbon constituted a political message and was in breach of The FA’s Kit and Advertising Regulations.2

This article reviews the background to the case and decision, specifically looking at:

  • The relevant regulations

  • The significance of the yellow ribbon

  • The factual background

  • Guardiola’s response

  • The decision of The FA’s Regulatory Commission

  • Concluding thoughts

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John Shea

John Shea

John is a solicitor at Shoosmiths LLP specialising in commercial litigation and sport law with a particular focus on regulatory and contentious issues such as contractual disputes, disciplinary proceedings and the registration and transfer of players.

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