Guardiola charged by UEFA for ‘#JusticiaParaTopo’ t-shirt

– Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has been charged by UEFA after wearing a t-shirt in a news conference before Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Porto demanding justice for a journalist who died during the World Cup.

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Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola speaks during a news conference in Munich April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Lukas Barth

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Argentine sports reporter Jorge Lopez, known as ‘Topo’, was killed in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in July in a road accident during last year’s tournament.

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Guardiola wore a T-shirt with the slogan ‘#JusticiaParaTopo’ ahead of Bayern’s 6-1 quarter-final, second leg win and was charged on Wednesday by European soccer’s governing body for an “incident of non-sporting nature”.

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It was initially reported that Lopez was killed after his taxi was hit by a stolen car fleeing police, but suspicions have since been raised about the accident and there has been a campaign to investigate his death.

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Lopez’s widow, Veronica Brunati, thanked Guardiola for his support.

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“Pep Guardiola knew he was running the risk of being sanctioned,” she said on Twitter.

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“And he decided to do it anyway. My gratitude is infinite. Thanks!”

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Porto coach Julian Lopetegui was also charged following their 7-4 aggregate defeat for being dismissed from the bench.

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Both cases will be dealt with by UEFA’s disciplinary body on May 21.