The Football Association has rejected an appeal from Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna against his ￡40,000 fine for any social media post that was discovered to be in breach of your governing body’s rules.
Sagna appeared to query the impartiality of referee Lee Mason on his private Instagram account within the aftermath of City’s 2-1 Premier League win more than Burnley on January 2.
Pep Guardiola’s side were forced to play for an hour with ten males soon after Fernandinho was sent off for a rash lunge on Johann Gudmundsson.
That decision and other folks appeared to rile the right-back, who wrote: “10 against 12.. but nevertheless fighting and winning as a group #together #mancity #youfreetothinkwhateveryouwant.”
The France international later amended the post to eliminate “10 against 12” however the FA decided he had fallen foul of its rules on media comments.
An FA statement issued on Thursday study: “Bacary Sagna’s appeal against his ￡40,000 fine for breaching FA rules on media comments has been unsuccessful.
“The player, who was also warned as to his future conduct, contested the sanction set down by an independent regulatory commission just after it heard he admitted producing a comment which questioned the integrity in the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias around the a part of the match official, and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to rule E3 (1).
“However, an appeal board dismissed this appeal as well as the original sanction remains in place.”
Sagna has made 17 appearances in all competitions for City this season and completed 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 4-0 Premier League victory at West Ham.