The current manager of Manchester City Football Club is a passionate and rather eccentric fellow called Pep Guardiola. He hails from the Catalonia region of Spain. You my recall that the Spanish government has sought to supress the Catalonian independence movement. Several Catalonian politicians have been incarcerated and to demonstrate support for them thousands of ordinary Catalonians have been wearing yellow lapel ribbons. In TV interviews about football matches Pep Guardiola's own yellow ribbon has been visible for many weeks.
However, the English Football Association have a rule that says that managers and players must not wear any "political" symbols. Because of this rule they have brought Pep Guardiola to task, charging him with the offence.. He has admitted his guilt but shown no contrition and has no plans to stop wearing the discreet yellow ribbon.
I was thinking about this last night.
It is okay for football teams to wear shirts that bear the logos of betting companies and online casinos but it is not okay to wear a small yellow ribbon. It is okay for dodgy Russian, Chinese and American oligarchs to own English football clubs but it is not okay to wear a small yellow ribbon. It is okay for matches to be switched around to benefit the ruthless Sky TV organisation but it is not okay to wear a small yellow ribbon. It is okay for a Premier League player to earn £250,000 a week but it is not okay to wear a small yellow ribbon. It is okay for football grounds to be adorned with advertising for all manner of products and services but it is not okay to wear a small yellow ribbon.
|Stoke City football shirt|
The morality of this is all topsy turvy in my opinion and if I were a Manchester City fan I would also wear a small yellow ribbon when attending their matches - to show solidarity with Pep Guardiola and the campaign to free imprisoned Catalonian politicians. Besides, I was under the illusion that we live in a democracy in which citizens are entitled to free speech.