FA chief executive compares Pep Guardiola wearing a yellow ribbon to ISIS and UKIP

Martin Glenn, chief executive of the Football Association, has blasted Pep Guardiola for wearing his yellow ribbon in support of Catalan politicians jailed by the Spanish government.

In comments that are likely to be considered highly controversial, Glenn named the terrorist group ISIS as an example of why Pep’s ribbon shouldn’t be allowed.

“Where do you draw the line? Should we have someone with a UKIP badge, someone with an ISIS badge?” Glenn said.

“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, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want.

“And 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.”

You can be Pep Guardiola won’t take these comments, particularly some of the comparisons, lightly.

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