Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am a Human Being before a Manager'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am a Human Being before a Manager'

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MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola says he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians because he is "a human being before a manager".

Four Catalan leaders are in prison for rebellion and sedition following October's referendum on independence for the region, which was ruled illegal by Spain.

Guardiola, the former Barcelona captain and coach and a Catalan native, was this week charged by the Football Association with "wearing a political message" but nevertheless wore the ribbon again at Wembley for Sunday's Carabao Cup final. Guardiola spoke at length on the subject after City's 3-0 win over Arsenal and said: "If I broke the rules, I accept the fine. I am a human being. There are four guys in prison. There are other guys, who are outside of Catalonia; when they come back, they are going to be jailed, imprisoned for rebellion and sedition. …

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