Man City defender caught by FA for deleted Instagram post
In 2017 you would think professional footballers know what they can and can’t post on social media. They not only receive more attention than the ordinary Joe, but can face consequences for slightly controversial comments.
Questioning football’s governing bodies is always a big no no! And the FA is no exception of that rule.
Perhaps Bacary Sagna forgot in the heat of the moment as he gave his own analysis of referee Lee Mason in an Instagram post which swiftly found itself deleted.
Manchester City beat Burnley 2-1 on Sunday when Mason dismissed Fernandinho early in the game for a two-footed lunge. It was the third red card in six games for the Brazilian, therefore, an ongoing issue with Pep Guardiola ought to address.
However foolishly, Sagna took matters into his own hands, expressing dissatisfaction towards the referee from his own Instagram account:
“10 against 12…but still fighting and winning as a team #together #mancity”
Paul Hirst from The Times was quick enough to screenshot the comments before Sagna deleted the post.
Sagna trying to cover his tracks. Claimed it was "10 against 12" (implying ref was against City) but he's amended post. FA may be interested pic.twitter.com/JyX2eT3fVz— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) January 2, 2017
The Frenchman has until 5pm on Friday to respond. But going forward this ought to be a wakeup call to footballers up and down the country because, in an era of smartphone technology, journalists and everyday users should never be underestimated.