Martin Glenn: FA chief's Star of David and swastika comparison criticised

Pep Guardiola Manchester City

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.

Manchester City boss Guardiola, who was given until 6pm today to respond to the FA's controversial decision to charge him, last week confirmed plans to write to it to argue the ribbon was a symbol of solidarity with those fighting for their democratic rights and not a pro-Catalan independence emblem.

Guardiola has until 6pm United Kingdom time today to respond to the charge he has breached FA regulations that ban the wearing of political symbols.

Glenn has spoken out to criticise Guardiola and insisted the FA's stance can not be compared to their eagerness to promote the wearing of poppies every November, which they argue is an act of remembrance for fallen soldiers and not a political emblem.

Football Association chief Martin Glenn has used "offensive and inappropriate" language in comparing Jewish symbol the Star of David with the Nazi swastika.

In a statement, Glenn said: "I would like to apologise for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate", Johnson added.

As noted by BBC Sport, the Israeli national team have the Star on their strip and the FA has it in its logo.


The issue of religious and political symbols being worn in football has been in the news again recently, after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to not wear a yellow ribbon, a symbol of Catalan independence.

"We will raise formally with the FA the Jewish community's deep disappointment with this statement".

"All we are doing is even-handedly applying the Laws of the Game". But he has claimed the poppy is neither political or divisive.

Pep Guardiola has found himself in the middle of a storm by continuing to wear a yellow ribbon on the touchline during football matches.

"You can't have and we don't want football equipment to display political symbols."

Glenn also referenced the right-wing, eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Islamic State (ISIS). "That's why you have to be pretty tough that local, regional, national party organisations can not use football shirts to represent them".

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