Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following the “10 against 12” Instagram post he made earlier this month.
The 33-year-old uploaded an image with the caption “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social-media website after the 2-1 win over Burnley on January 2, later amending the post to read “still fighting and winning as a team”.
Referee Lee Mason had sent off midfielder Fernandinho during the Premier League contest and Sagna’s comment could have been construed as questioning the official’s integrity.
An FA statement announcing Sagna’s charge 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.
“He has until 6pm on 13 January 2017 to respond to the charge.”