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Bacary Sagna: Manchester City defender fined for Instagram post
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been
fined £40,000 by the Football Association after
posting "10 against 12" on Instagram following a
The France international, 33, made the remark after his
side's 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley on 2
City were reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute of the
match, when referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder
The FA said the post, which was later deleted,
"questioned the integrity of the match official".
Sagna has also been warned about his future conduct.
City have not ruled out the possibility of appealing
against the severity of the fine.
BBC Sport football reporter Simon Stone
It is fair to say some senior figures at Manchester City
feel Bacary Sagna has been pretty harshly dealt with.
The feeling is Sagna has been given no credit for
admitting he was wrong to post what he did on social
media, nor has any account been taken for the fact he
took down the "10 against 12" Instagram post down
within an hour of putting it up.
Players and managers are allowed to, within reason,
criticise a referee's performance or their decisions
provided they do not imply bias, question the official's
integrity or make offensive personal comments.
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