FA punish Bernardo
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been handed a one-game ban and a £50,000 fine for his tweet regarding Benjamin Mendy back in September.
The Portuguese playmaker was surrounded by controversy a couple of months ago, when he tweeted about teammate Mendy.
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.
Silva posted a picture which compared Mendy to a Spanish confectionery mascot.
The tweet was quickly condemned by a lot of social media as offensive, with Kick it Out and anti-discrimination groups also criticising the post.
Silva then deleted the tweet, before posting a new one that read: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys …”.
Now, after a long wait, Bernardo Silva’s punishment has been announced.
Banned, fined and educated
In a statement from the FA, they announce that Silva will serve a one-match ban as punishment.
That means that he will miss Manchester City’s clash with Chelsea after the international break.
Silva has also been fined £50,000 as part of his punishment, and will have to complete ‘face-to-face education’ after admitting to the breach.
“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.”
In their commission report, the FA also explain that the player did not intend for the tweet to be racist or insulting.
‘It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends’, the report read.
‘However, this was not a private jocular communication between two friends. The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer.’
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