Bernardo Silva: Midfielder Banned Over Benjamin Mendy Tweet

Bernardo Silva: Midfielder Banned Over Benjamin Mendy Tweet

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been handed a one-match ban and a £50,000 fine from the FA for his controversial tweet to Benjamin Mendy.

Bernardo Silva: Midfielder Banned Over Benjamin Mendy Tweet

Silva was originally charged with misconduct by the FA in October after the Portuguese tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the brand mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos, with the caption “Guess who?” on September 22.

The 25-year-old then deleted the post prior to tweeting a follow-up response to say: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You Guys…”.

An FA statement on Wednesday read: “Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first-team competitive fixture, fined £50,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.

Bernardo Silva: Midfielder Banned Over Benjamin Mendy Tweet
“The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”

Anti-racism charity Kick It Out called out Silva for the tweet, whilst his former club Benfica defended the midfielder following his social media activity at the time.

Bernardo Silva: Midfielder Banned Over Benjamin Mendy Tweet

The winger could have been hit with a six-match ban from the FA following the incident.

Silva’s manager Pep Gardiola backed him twice following his actions, while his team-mate Raheem Sterling said: “Bernardo made a joke to his friend.”

 

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