Ban and fine for Man City's Silva over Mendy tweet

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva banned for one match over Mendy tweet

Bernardo Silva hit with one-match ban, £50,000 fine and education course over Benjamin Mendy tweet

Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first-team match and fined £50,000 for his tweet relating to team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

Anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out commented following the Portuguese midfielder's post.

The 25-year-old must also complete face-to-face education as well as the ban and fine.

The pair look to share a close relationship on and off the pitch but a controversial tweet Silva made about his friend soon went viral.

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Mendy did not take offence, replying with laughing emojis, but others quickly pointed out the racial aspect of Silva's remarks.

In the Independent Regulatory Commission's written reasons provided to the FA, Silva's "exemplary previous good character" was acknowledged, along with an acceptance that "the player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist", given he had "grown up in a country where both the brand and the character were familiar and considered inoffensive".

Although the tweet was regarded as a joke by the player who later deleted it on his social media account, but the FA explained that it is capable of bringing the game into disrepute.

"However, this was not a private communication between two friends".

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also defended Silva in the aftermath, saying: "If something happens it will be a mistake because Bernardo is an exceptional person".

In their statement, the FA confirmed that Silva was in breach of FA Rule E3 - an insulting or improper mention of race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.

"The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer".

Premier League champions Manchester City, who are fourth with 25 points from 12 games and trail leaders Liverpool by nine points, next host third-placed Chelsea on November 23.

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