Bacary Sagna has issued a groveling apology to the FA for an Instagram post in which he appeared to suggest referee Lee Mason was biased against Manchester City in their Premier League victory over Burnley at the beginning of the month.
The entire City squad were left furious at Mason’s display, and not just for the red card handed to Fernandinho. Pep Guardiola was angry with the referee over the red card as well as his decision to allow Ben Mee’s goal for Burnley to stand even though Sam Vokes appeared to nudge into Claudio Bravo for the Clarets consolation goal.
City won the game 2-1 but the team, most notably Sagna, were left ruing Mason’s display.
The Football Association asked Sagna for his observations, which were sent in by Friday’s deadline. It is understood Sagna said he had made the posting in the heat of the moment and took it down when he realised the significance of it.
The FA are still to decide what action to take over the matter. Sagna told the FA he didn’t mean to cause offence in his apology. He is likely to face a fine and warning if the FA take the matter further.