Pep Guardiola accuses FA head of ignorance over Catalan ribbon

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola — seen here wearing the yellow ribbon in question — during a press conference. (REUTERS)
Updated 06 March 2018
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Pep Guardiola accuses FA head of ignorance over Catalan ribbon

MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Martin Glenn’s “extraordinary” comments about the wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan politicians demonstrated the FA chief executive’s ignorance of the subject.
Guardiola says he got the impression that Glenn “didn’t understand what the yellow ribbon means. It is simple like that. He made a comment that is far away from what it means.”
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Glenn said the ribbon was “a political symbol” of Catalan independence that annoyed many Spaniards.
Guardiola said Tuesday that the ribbon is not about independence but support of “four people who are in jail when they didn’t do anything to be in jail.”


Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

Updated 14 December 2018
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Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

  • Egypt’s bid came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate
  • Cameroon lost being the host of the Cup because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says it has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year’s African Cup of Nations host, a surprise pitch by the North African country which wasn’t initially thought of as a contender.
Egypt’s bid, announced Thursday to meet Friday’s deadline, came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate. Morocco had been considered the front-runner after being a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup. It lost out in that race to a joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid.
The Confederation of African Football has given countries until the end of Friday to submit bids for the 2019 African Cup, which was taken away from Cameroon last month because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country. CAF wants a new host in place by Dec. 31, with the tournament in June and July looming.
South Africa is another possible stand-in host, but the South African Football Association hasn’t confirmed it will bid and says it needs government approval before any decision.