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Pep Guardiola to write to FA over ribbon stance

Manchester City boss also talks of desire to keep hold of Phil Foden on long-term deal

WIGAN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks dejected during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wigan Athlet
Image: Pep Guardiola will write to the FA to explain his stance over wearing a yellow ribbon

Pep Guardiola has revealed he will write a letter to the Football Association explaining his decision to continue wearing a yellow ribbon.

The Manchester City boss was charged by the FA for "wearing a political message" for sporting the symbol in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians over recent months.

Guardiola said in the aftermath of City's Carabao Cup final victory at Wembley that he would carry on wearing the ribbon because he is "a human being before a manager".

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's priority remains securing the Premier League title.

When asked if there had been any contact with the FA since Sunday's match against Arsenal, the Catalonia-born manager said: "No contact. I am going to write a letter and explain my position, but as I said I am available to [meet with] the FA, absolutely. There is no problem."

The FA prohibits the displaying of political messages by club officials on the touchline and twice warned Guardiola before issuing the formal charge last week.

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Guardiola had started wearing the ribbon after two political leaders were imprisoned following the region's independence referendum in October, which was declared illegal by Spain.

Meanwhile, the former Barcelona manager also confirmed his desire to keep hold of English midfielder Phil Foden, who turns 18 in May and is understood to be a key figure in City's plans going forward.

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Pep Guardiola talks with Phil Foden as he leaves the pitch during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final at the King Power Stadium
Image: Pep Guardiola wants to tie Phil Foden to a long-term deal

The England U17 World Cup winner has broken into Guardiola's first-team squad this season and featured as a late substitute against Arsenal on Sunday for his sixth appearance.

Guardiola said: "He knows, his family and manager know that we would like to keep him with us for a long time.

"He has to grow up and become strong but there is huge quality there."

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