Uefa charge Guardiola over t-shirt gesture

The Bayern Munich boss donned a t-shirt asking for justice for an Argentine journalist killed in Sao Paulo at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s win against Porto

Pep Guardiola has been charged by Uefa after he wore a t-shirt in support of a campaign for justice after the suspicious death of an Argentine journalist.

Jorge ‘Topo’ Lopez was killed in Sao Paulo in July after the taxi he was travelling in was hit by a stolen car. He was in the city to cover Argentina’s World Cup semi-final clash with Netherlands at the Arena Corinthians.

The death of the hugely popular journalist was met with sombre tributes across the footballing world at the time, including from coaches such as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and then-Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella.

But while the campaign for justice to be brought against the perpetrators has been met with widespread support, Uefa has decided to crack down on Guardiola’s gesture ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League victory over Porto.

The Bayern boss attended his official pre-match press conference wearing a black t-shirt donning only the hashtag #JusticiaParaTopo (Justice for Topo).

The gesture contravened Uefa’s strict rules on non-football statements being advertised in the football arena, and the European governing body confirmed on Wednesday that it had charged Guardiola for an “incident of non-sporting nature”.

The case will be dealt with by Uefa’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 21.

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