Bacary Sagna: Manchester City defender fined for Instagram post

Bacary Sagna
Bacary Sagna has made 15 appearances for Manchester City this season

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been fined £40,000 by the Football Association after posting "10 against 12" on Instagram following a match.

The France international, 33, made the remark after his side's 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley on 2 January.

City were reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute of the match, when referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder Fernandinho.

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.

Analysis

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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