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Watch: Man City celebrate Chinese New Year

City celebrate Year of the Rooster Credit: Manchester City

The Year of the Rooster arrives in just eight days and this weekend Manchester City is kicked off the celebrations in true City style with a matchday experience to remember at the Etihad Stadium.

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At Saturday’s game, the Club provided fans with a selection of unique pre-match and half-time activities and performances, including lion dancers and Chinese Kung Fu demonstrations on the Blue Carpet and City Square stage.

City celebrate Year of the Rooster Credit: Manchester City

Commenting on the upcoming celebrations, Sun Jihai, former Manchester City player and current club ambassador to China, said:

Everyone at Manchester City is delighted to be welcoming in the Year of the Rooster with our fans across the globe. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite times of the year and to have the opportunity to bring the excitement of football and Chinese culture together is incredible.

– Sun Jihai

Man City and Fleetwood Town hit with anti-doping charges

Manchester City has until Thursday 19th January to respond to the charge. Credit: PA

Manchester City and Fleetwood Town have both been charged by the FA in relation to anti-doping.

City is alleged to have failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to the FA's anti-doping regulations. The club has until Thursday, January 19, to respond to the charge.

Fleetwood Town faces the same charge but has until Wednesday, January 18, to respond to the charge.

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FA asks Bacary Sagna to explain Instagram post

Bacary Sagna has been asked to explain himself by the Football Association following a social media post which may have questioned referee Lee Mason's integrity.

The Manchester City full-back wrote "10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team" on Instagram after Monday's hard-fought 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. The post was later amended to read "still fighting and winning as a team."

It's understood that the FA has asked Sagna for his observations and has until 5pm on Friday to respond. A decision on whether a charge follows will be made in due course.

City were annoyed by some of Mason's decisions during the game. The first major talking point was the sending off of Fernandinho after 32 minutes while City also felt Burnley's goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Claudio Bravo.

The FA has rules in place concerning social media and participants are not permitted to question the integrity of officials.

Bacary Sagna could be in hot water over instagram post Credit: PA Images
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