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Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna fined by FA for social media comments

Don't ever talk about the referees! They're perfect!

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After Manchester City beat Burnley 2-1 in the first Premier League match of 2017, Bacary Sagna went to Instagram and said some stuff about the referee... now he's been punished.

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).

Source: The FA

During that game, referee Lee Mason sent off Fernandinho (which was the right call, but was still controversial) and failed to see a clear foul on Claudio Bravo in the buildup to Burnley's goal. Sagna used the phrase "10 v 12, we won anyway" on his Instagram post, which clearly meant he thought Mason was on Burnley's side.

Sure, a comment like that is probably deserving of a fine, but it is kind of crazy that Lee Mason gets out of this with no punishment, even though he was absolutely horrible that day.

But that's football. Can't criticize the refs. They're AWESOME!