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.”

still fighting and winning as a team. #together #mancity #youfreetothinkwhateveryouwant

A photo posted by Bacary Sagna 🔱King B El chino🔱 (@therealbac) on

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.