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Bernardo Silva Faces Suspension Over Controversial Mendy Tweet

Jayfred Ugo

Manchester City playmaker, Bernardo Silva, has been charged by the Football Association in England following a controversial racist tweet that the Portuguese shared on his Twitter handle.

The Portuguese international reportedly tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside a dated image from the Spanish confectionary, 'Conguitos', that has been condemned for its racist connotations. He completed the post with the caption: "Guess who?"

His teammate, Mendy, did not appear to take offence, because the Frenchman replied Bernando's tweet with laughing emojis and a message saying: "1-0 for you will see."

Other Twitter users, however, were quick to point out the racist implications of Silva's post.

The 25-year-old deleted the tweet before commenting: "Can't even joke with a friend these days …You guys …"

The English FA investigated the post and the City midfielder has now been charged.

"Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 22 September 2019," read a statement on the English Football Association's official website.

Should the Lisbon born footballer accept the charge, he could face a short time ban and a fine. But if he appeals and fails, he would be handed a lengthy suspension and a higher fine.