The misery continues to be piled onto Manchester City following the news that Bacary Sagna has been fined £40,000 for appearing to accuse referee Lee Mason of being biased.
The 33-year-old seemed to question the match official’s integrity in an Instagram post after City’s 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on January 2.
The post initially read “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” before it was amended, with the “10 against 12” removed.
Even though Pep Guardiola’s side won the game, they were frustrated with a number of Mason’s calls, including the sending-off of Fernandinho.
The midfielder, who had only recently returned from an FA ban, was given a straight red card in the 32nd minute when the encounter was still goalless.
City also argued that Burnley’s goal, which restricted the home side’s lead to just one goal, should not have stood due to a foul on goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Following an investigation by the English governing body, Sagna’s punishment has been decided. A statement read:
“Bacary Sagna has been fined £40,000 for misconduct in relation to a comment posted on social media.
“The Manchester City defender was also warned as to his future conduct, following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,
“The player was charged in that his comment 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 contrary to Rule E3 (1).”