The Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following the “10 against 12” Instagram post he made earlier this month.

The 33-year-old uploaded an image with the caption “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social-media website after the 2-1 win over Burnley on 2 January, later amending the post to read “still fighting and winning as a team”.

The referee Lee Mason had sent off midfielder Fernandinho during the Premier League contest and Sagna’s comment could have been construed as questioning the official’s integrity.

An FA statement announcing Sagna’s charge read: “Bacary Sagna has been charged for misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 (1). It is alleged that a comment posted on social media by the Manchester City defender constituted improper conduct in that it 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. He has until 6pm on 13 January 2017 to respond to the charge.”

Meanwhile, John Terry will serve a one-match ban after Chelsea’s appeal against his sending off in the FA Cup tie against Peterborough was rejected.

Defender Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be the last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend in Sunday’s game. The Premier League club put in an appeal, which the FA confirmed on Tuesday afternoon had been unsuccessful, meaning the suspension stands, ruling Terry out of the match against champions Leicester on Saturday.

Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala will serve a three-match ban after failing in a bid to have his red card against Sheffield Wednesday overturned.
(The Guardian)