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Man City’s Bernardo Silva banned for ‘racist’ tweet about teammate

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Bernardo Silva has been banned for one game and fined £50,000 for a controversial tweet sent to Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

Silva must also complete a face-to-face education programme following the FA’s publication of their decision into the player’s misconduct charge.

City have yet to say whether they intend to appeal the decision, with Bernardo set to miss their Premier League home game against Chelsea on November 24.

Silva sent Mendy a tweet, comparing his colleague to the character on packets of Conguitos chocolates, in the wake of City’s 8-0 win over Watford on September 21.

The FA Charged Silva after claiming the post constituted an “aggravated breach” of its rules on social media behaviour because it appeared to reference Mendy’s race.

Today the FA released a statement which 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.

“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.”

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