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English FA boss likens Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon to ISIS

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Martin Glenn, the English Football Association chief executive has rejected any suggestion that Pep Guardiola wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians is equivalent to the governing body’s defiance over FIFA’s poppy ban.

Glenn instead claimed that the Manchester City manager has angered many by wearing the ribbon during games while claiming that the the FA’s fight against FIFA’s poppy ban was an act of remembrance for fallen soldiers and not a political emblem.

City coach Guardiola would have until 6pm on Monday to respond to a charge for wearing what the FA considers to be a political symbol, during the 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Wigan last month.

Still, Guardiola’s representatives are set to claim the ribbon is a show of solidarity for pro‑independence Catalan politicians imprisoned in Spain as opposed to an act of political activism but it is unlikely to hold sway with the FA.

“We have rewritten Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK but things that are going to be highly divisive are not,” Glenn said. “That could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt — these are the things we don’t want.”

“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?”

Glenn added that he had no problem with FIFA’s rules against the displaying of political symbols during games.

“We don’t want football equipment to display political symbols. That has always been the case. The problem we had with poppies is that for some reason a new person at Fifa seemed to think poppies were a political symbol and we fought hard against that notion and thankfully sense broke out.”

Arsene Wenger charged by FA over criticism of referees

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been charged by the FA for his attack on the standard of refereeing in the Premier League after a controversial penalty was awarded to West Bromwich Albion by match official Mike Dean in the closing minutes of the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Wenger insisted in a pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s derby game against Chelsea that he wants to see referees take “sharp action” on the field instead.

“This is the 1950s, where the guy talks to him: ‘If you’re not nice, I might punish you.’ Come on, let’s not waste time,” he said on Tuesday.

“What does it help for the game? Nothing. Nothing happens. People want crisp, sharp action, and the referee has to make sure that that happens. They want to see: ‘Come on, let’s get on with it and play.’ That’s our responsibility. We don’t live in the dark ages.”

With just a minute left in the game against West Brom, Calum Chambers was harshly penalised for handball as Kieran Gibbs tried to lift the ball over the Arsenal defender, giving Jay Rodriguez the chance to equalise from the spot and prompting a furious reaction from Wenger.

It was alleged that his conduct in the match officials’ changing room at The Hawthorns was abusive and that he questioned the integrity of the referee.

“It wasn’t a penalty. There was no handball,” Wenger said after setting a Premier League record of 811 games in charge after the game. “It was not a deliberate handball. When you are as close as that, it’s impossible to play football. You go in the box, they just lift the ball to the arm of the player and it’s a penalty. He didn’t lift his hand. Where do you put your hands? You have no pockets in your shorts.”

“I’m angry because we have seen the same things again. I did fight very hard for the referees to become professional many years ago and they did a good job to allow them to be professional. But I see no improvement.”

“There are two countries in Europe where you have professional referees, in Italy and in England, and not one English referee will go to the World Cup. But everything is all right. We cannot say a word against it because they’re untouchable. That is the truth. It’s not only me that judges them.”

Man City and Man United will escape actions over tunnel incident

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December 22 — Manchester United and Manchester City will face no action from the Football Association over an incident that took place in the tunnel after the derby on 10 December.

Reports indicated that the tunnel incident arose after what United viewed as an excessive celebration following City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford, which sent them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

After City’s players celebrated in front of their fans after the final whistle, the players headed down the tunnel, where it is understood that United boss Jose Mourinho made his feelings known outside the visitors’ dressing room as he made his way to post-match interviews.

A one-pint milk carton — which had been in the City dressing room for tea and coffee — was thrown at Mourinho. The United manager did not get splattered but a member of his staff was.

City’s Brazil goalkeeper Ederson and Mourinho exchanged angry words in Portuguese — but Mourinho carried out his post-match media engagements as normal and made no mention of the row.

City coach Mike Arteta was left with a cut after he was hit by a plastic drinks bottle, but it is not known who threw it and sources from both clubs said no punches were thrown.

The FA said it considered evidence from “clubs and independent eyewitnesses” before concluding that no action needs to be taken against both sides.

While Mourinho will also not face action from the FA over his pre-match critics and questioning over the aspects match officiating, the FA reminded the Portuguese that any further public comments regarding such issues may result in disciplinary action.

Leicester turns to CAS after appeal to FIFA over Adrien Silva fails

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Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport (CAS) to plead their case after FIFA turned down their appeals to legitimise Adrien Silva’s registration.

The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning, after Leicester and the Football Association had asked to ratify the transfer as the paperwork for Silva’s £22m deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon had been declared to have been submitted 14 seconds late.

Instead of opting to make an exception with the slight delay, FIFA withheld the International Transfer Certificate, as the data input into its Transfer Matching System was received by the FA moments after the deadline.

After the world governing body also refused appeals to the case, Silva will remain registered to play for Leicester until January. It also leaves him in limbo, being unable to train with Leicester and having been left out of Portugal’s squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Switzerland this month. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

A Leicester spokesman said: “The Foxes’ appeal to to secure the registration of Portugal midfielder Silva was rejected by world football’s governing body on Wednesday morning.”

“We cannot hide our disappointment or that of the player at the short-term consequences of the decision. Leicester City are considering going to the court of arbitration for sport over the signing of Adrien Silva.”

“We maintain, and have made strong representations to the Players’ Status Committee, that all parties involved in Adrien’s transfer fulfilled their obligations, consistent with regulations and within the required timeframe. The club is reserving its position in relation to whether it will decide to appeal the decision to the court of arbitration for sport.”

“The club and its staff will continue to work with Adrien to hopefully minimise the impact that missing a substantial period of the season may have on the player, while continuing to prepare the squad for the games ahead.”