Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has accepted his FA charge for wearing a yellow ribbon to support those campaigning for Catalan independence.
The English football’s governing body deemed it to be a political symbol.
City’s position is that by accepting the charge, Guardiola is not apologising for wearing the ribbon, but instead observing the rules of the FA.
Guardiola did not wear it during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea, instead replacing the ribbon with a yellow daffodil in support of the Marie Curie cancer charity.
Officials at the club have also argyed that since he was charged by the FA, the Spaniard has sought to cover up the ribbon.
As far as the club is concerned, Guardiola is permitted by the rules to wear it outside the 90 minutes of a game and he will continue to do so.