Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a comment he made on social media earlier this month.
The 33-year-old Frenchman appeared to aim a dig at referee Lee Mason following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Burnley last week, in which Fernandinho had been sent off, with a post on Instagram.
Sagna initially wrote on his instagram account: “10 against 12… but still fighting and winning as a team.” However, he later updated the caption to read: “Still fighting and winning as a team.”
The FA subsequently asked Sagna to explain his comments, but has now decided to charge him over the incident.
A statement from the governing body read: “Bacary Sagna has been charged for misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 (1).
“It is alleged that a comment posted on social media by the Manchester City defender constituted improper conduct in that it 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.”
- Former Arsenal right-back Sagna has been given until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.
- Sagna’s current contract with City is due to at the end of this season, and the club are unlikely to give him new deal.
- Manchester City will travel to Goodson Park on Sunday to face Everton for their 21st Premier League game.