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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sagna loses appeal over ’10 against 12′ fine



Manchester City ’ s French international defender Bacary Sagna on Thursday failed in his appeal against a £40, 000 fine ( 46, 480 euros, $50, 178) for making an Instagram post that questioned a referee’ s impartiality.
Sagna, 32, posted a photo with the caption “ 10 against 12. . but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social network following City ’ s 2-1 victory against Burnley on January 2.
It was seen as a criticism of referee Lee Mason after City had been reduced to 10 men for an hour after Fernandinho was sent off for a lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson .

Sagna, who was later involved in an altercation with Burnley midfielder George Boyd which Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt should have resulted in a red card, appeared to take issue with decisions made by Mason in the Instagram post after the match.

Although fined by the FA , Sagna escaped a suspension and was warned over his future conduct. The player subsequently appealed against the sanction , which the FA confirmed on Thursday had been dismissed .

“ Bacary Sagna’ s appeal against his £40, 000 fine for breaching FA Rules on media comments has been unsuccessful , ” the FA said .

“ The player, who was also warned as to his future conduct, contested the sanction set down by an Independent Regulatory Commission after it heard he admitted making a comment which questioned the integrity of the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match official , and/or brought the game into disrepute .

" However , an Appeal Board dismissed this appeal and the original sanction remains in place . ”

AFP

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