Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy & social media updates
Will Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva be punished for his social media activity?
Last weekend, Silva tweeted and deleted an attention-grabbing social media update
Silva compared a picture of Mendy as a kid to the mascot for Conguitos, a Spanish chocolate brand.
Bernardo Silva could be banned for 6 games
In the Times on Wednesday, the potential punishment facing Silva is outlined:
The FA has asked City for their observations.
If Bernardo is charged for the tweet about Mendy, 25, and found guilty, the Portugal international could face anything up to a six-game ban under disciplinary proceedings brought in during the summer.
Will the FA take action against Bernardo Silva?
That remains unclear.
All we currently know is that the FA are investigating the issue.
That said, Kick It Out have made it clear that they believe Silva’s social media activity is unacceptable.
“Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’.”
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) September 23, 2019
Pep Guardiola defends Bernardo Silva
On Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola discussed the racism storm surrounding Bernardo Silva.
The Man City boss attempted to defend his midfielder, saying:
Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life.
He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is, and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother for him.
The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image, nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.
If something happened it would be a mistake.
🗣️ | “The image is not about the colour of the skin.”
— Manchester City News (@ManCityMEN) September 24, 2019
Preston 0 – Man City 3
Reigning Carabao Cup holders Man City are on course to retain the trophy this season.
That’s after the Sky Blues won 3-0 at Preston in the cup on Tuesday.
Raheem Sterling starred for City, scoring the opener, while Gabriel Jesus scored the second.
A Ryan Ledson own goal sealed Preston’s fate.