The Football Association has charged Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva for improper conduct over controversial tweet about Benjamin Mendy.
Bernardo Silva who posted an image of team mate Benjamin Mendy as a child on twitter alongside a picture of a cartoon character on a packet of conguitos.
Although, the Portuguese later deleted the tweet following a backlash and tweeted: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… you guys……”
Anti-discrimination Organisation Kick it Out had called on the FA to take action and dismissed any notion that it being ‘banter’ between teammates was admissible as an excuse.
Goalline Quoted: “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’.
” We are shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.
However, Mendy and Silva who arrive to Manchester in 2017 from Monaco wrote to state that the post had not caused any offence while Silva reportedly said he regretted any wider offence caused.
The governing body said in a statement released: “Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on September 22, 2019.
“It is alleged that Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
Silva is expected to respond to this charge until 9 October 2019.