Monday 21 January 2019

Sagna asked to explain '10 v 12' post

Bacary Sagna. Pic: PA
Bacary Sagna. Pic: PA

Bacary Sagna has been asked to explain himself by the English Football Association following a social media post which may have questioned referee Lee Mason's integrity.

The Manchester City full-back wrote "10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team" on Instagram after Monday's hard-fought 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. The post was later amended to read "still fighting and winning as a team".

The English FA has asked Sagna for his observations and he has until 5pm on Friday to respond. A decision on whether a charge follows will be made in due course.

City were annoyed by some of Mason's decisions during the game. The first major talking point was the sending off of Fernandinho after 32 minutes while City also felt Burnley's goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Claudio Bravo.

Meanwhile, Gael Clichy believes City can get themselves back on track after the win over Burnley.

City ground out a 2-1 victory over the battling Clarets on Monday despite playing almost two-thirds of the game with 10 men following another Fernandinho red card. Clichy said: "The three points were needed after the loss at Liverpool and I think we showed great character to win the game, being 10 against 11. The points are huge."

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