Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has this evening provided his take on Bernardo Silva being slapped with a one-match ban for misconduct.
Silva’s social media storm
On the back of netting the first hat-trick of his Citizens career versus Watford back in September, Portuguese international Silva took to social media.
The 25-year-old posted a Tweet, comparing a photo of teammate Benjamin Mendy as a youngster to the character featured on the front of the bag for Conguitos, a brand of chocolates in his native Portugal.
Bernardo Silva has fully fucked it hasn’t he😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/Dowf1r0Gcm
— reece. (@ReeceCoopxr_) September 22, 2019
The Tweet, as showcased above, was quickly deleted, following an inevitable backlash across social media.
Silva, though, subsequently moved to defend himself, by arguing that his post was intended as little more than a joke between friends, which he feels was taken out of context:
Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys… 🤦🏻♂️
— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) September 22, 2019
Nevertheless, following weeks of discussions with regards to the incident, and Silva sending a letter expressing his regret to the FA, it was eventually confirmed last month that the Portuguese had been charged with misconduct.
This resulted in a one-match ban, with Silva therefore set to miss Manchester City’s crunch meeting with Chelsea this weekend.
On the back of the international break coming to a close, meanwhile, Pep Guardiola was today asked for his take on the controversy surrounding his gifted playmaker.
And the Citizens boss was extremely tactful with his response.
Guardiola first revealed that he accepts the FA’s decision, based on his hope that it will help us move towards ‘a better society’:
‘He will be careful to use social media. If this can help to do a better society, OK. I am pretty sure Bernardo accepts this punishment.’
The Spaniard, though, also made sure to back Silva, assuring that ‘he is not like he has been accused. They don’t know him.’
Quotes via the BBC
Guardiola on Bernardo Silva’s FA punishment: “If this helps to make a better society then I’m sure Bernardo will accept it, but he’s not what he has been accused of.”
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) November 22, 2019