Social justice warrior Gary Lineker has applauded Pep Guardiola and told the Football Association of England (FA) not to intervene in a dispute over the Manchester City boss by using his touchline clothing to further advance a migrant project.
Two-time Champions League winner Guardiola was spotted again on Sunday wearing a hoodie with the Open Arms logo showing his support for working behind a migrant boat during the game and in his post-game interviews when City Arsenal 1 defeated -0 in an English Premier League victory watched by millions worldwide.
Guardiola reportedly donated around $ 158,000 of his annual salary of $ 20 million to the boat that is conducting search and rescue missions in support of migrants, many of whom are trying to flee North Africa to Europe.
The group launched a call for donations after it was confiscated two years ago by Italian authorities for docking in a Sicilian port with 218 migrants on board.
No, they won’t. The BBC is not responsible for what football managers wear. The FA could complain, but I hope it does not as it is a humanitarian issue that deserves support. Well played, pep. 👍🏻 https://t.co/RhSWH2nlNx
– Gary Lineker @ (@GaryLineker) February 22, 2021
Former England striker Lineker, who publicly expressed a desire to leave a refugee at his villa late last year, reacted irritably at the suggestion on social media that the BBC could ask Guardiola not to wear the sweater on-screen politics to avoid.
“The BBC is not responsible for what football managers wear,” the expert pointed out to his Twitter followers of more than 7.8 million.
“The FA could complain, but I hope it doesn’t as this is a humanitarian issue that deserves support. Well played, Pep.”
Strange, I’ve never seen him in a UAE human rights t-shirt
– Andy Kenyon (@rumanuu) February 22, 2021
It may be a humanitarian problem, but all illegal immigration goes against the administration of societies. It is most irresponsible to encourage such endeavors, although it is understandable to people. For logical reasons, there are legal options. Elites like to appear fair on such issues
– Michael Schofield (@M_J_Schofield) February 23, 2021
While Lineker and Guardiola received ample praise from some supporters, others claimed the station was repeatedly desperate to appear morally superior, and accused the revered coach of hypocrisy.
Guardiola has been challenged again for his continued willingness to work with the owners of Manchester City under the leadership of Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and vice president of the United Arab Emirates.
Amnesty International has said the owners bought Manchester City in order to “sportswear” the country’s often questioned human rights record.
Is he wearing a hoodie and supporting a charity? He uses his power in the media to do good and raise awareness. Who cares whether they do it to look good or not? The end result is still the same …
– KaiMack90 (@ kaimack05), February 22, 2021
Still, he’s employed by people who have some serious human rights questions to answer …
– Simon (@BarryShawkins) February 22, 2021
I’m not sure his bosses will be happy with this. With their known human rights problems. You call me cynical but is it just good PR for you?
– Nitin Sharma (@ NitinSharma2011) February 22, 2021
When asked on the subject in 2018 after wearing a symbol in support of a political cause in his Spanish homeland, Guardiola reportedly replied: “Every country decides how to live for itself.
“If [someone] decides to live in it [country], It is what it is. I am in a country where democracy has been installed for years and I am trying to protect this situation. “
Guardiola accepted a fine of more than $ 28,000 for wearing the little yellow ribbon in an FA Cup game in support of the Catalan independence movement.
No problems getting your monthly wages from a country with a dubious humanitarian record 🤷🏽♂️
– NH! (@Spacemanc) February 22, 2021
Loved it when he was wearing Stone Island sweaters
– Davey Tuttlingtons @ (@tuttlingtons) February 22, 2021
The two-time Premier League winner had vowed to keep the ribbon and insisted that it was not part of a political message that the FA saw as a violation of its rules.
At the time, the board of directors said Guardiola admitted the indictment and was “warned of his future conduct” after violating “kit and advertising rules”.
City seem almost certain to win the Premier League after taking a ten point lead at the top of the table. Tomorrow they will face German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in their first knockout game in the Champions League.
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