Guardiola bows to FA rules despite disagreement

first_img“They are the rules, they have them and they apply them so I accept the decision because I have to,” Guardiola said on Tuesday as he addressed the media ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Basel once again wearing the yellow ribbon.Guardiola will still be free to wear the ribbon in Champions League games as UEFA have a different set of rules to the FA.“I am in this country working and under the rules, but that doesn’t mean that I agree whether they are right or wrong,” added Guardiola.“Many times in history after some time we see that decisions taken were not just.”Guardiola also rebuked FA chief executive Martin Glenn for failing to understand the significance of the yellow ribbon.Glenn publicly apologised for controversial comments comparing the Jewish Star of David with symbols such as the Nazi swastika as the FA’s reasoning for banning political symbols worn by players or coaches.However, he also claimed the yellow ribbon was “a symbol of Catalan independence”, which Guardiola strongly denied.“The first impression when I hear that is because he doesn’t understand what that means the yellow ribbon, what is symbolises,” added Guardiola.“Maybe now he will realise what it means. It’s not about independence or not independence, it is not about that.“It is about the four people or more people that are in jail and they didn’t do absolutely anything.”The former Barcelona manager has been a long-standing campaigner for Catalonia to be handed a referendum on the issue of independence.His high-profile stance has become a major talking point and, according to Spanish media reports, the City manager’s private plane was even searched at Barcelona’s El Prat airport two weeks ago by police looking for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola wears a yellow ribbon pinned to his jumper as he attends a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, north west England on March 6, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match against FC Basel.Guardiola has said he wears a yellow ribbon to support imprisoned pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia. © AFP / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will live by the English Football Association’s (FA) rules even if he doesn’t agree with an FA charge for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned pro-independence campaigners in his native Catalonia.On Monday, Guardiola admitted the FA charge of wearing a political symbol, which he has sported since a number of Catalan politicians and civil society leaders were remanded in custody in October.last_img read more

Early Childhood to Get Bigger Share of Budget

first_imgEducation Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his commitment to restructuring the education budget in an effort to ensure that there is equity across the sector, particularly as it relates to early childhood education. Speaking at a press briefing at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on December 12, Mr. Thwaites said that at present, early childhood education only receives three per cent of the budget.   “The way the budget is divided, roughly 40 per cent (goes) to primary (education), 40 per cent to secondary (education), 17 per cent to tertiary and three per cent to early childhood and special education,” he informed. He noted that a restructuring of the budget is therefore essential in order to “right the injustice”, which has been meted out against the early childhood sector. According to the Education Minister, early childhood education has been treated as the “Cinderella of the education system”, pointing out that this must change for the sake of the nation’s children and teachers. He said that early childhood teachers are often poorly paid, regardless of their qualifications. “Even a qualified early childhood teacher gets lesser pay than a similarly qualified teacher in another level of the system,” he remarked. “This is patently unjust.” The Education Minister gave his commitment that going forward he would be working assiduously to “right these wrongs”.last_img read more