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Bernando Silva Given Extension To Respond To Tweet Charge

Austin Papi

Manchester City midfielder, Bernando Silva, has been given a six-match ban following a racist tweet aimed at teammate, Benjamin Mendy.

However, fresh reports suggest that the playmaker was given an extension until October 21 to respond to the charges laid against him by the English Football Association (FA).

The Portuguese international initially had until October 9 to reply to the FA charges but has now been handed an extra 12 days.

Although the 25-year-old midfielder had openly denied that his tweet was instigating racism in any way, he went on to delete the tweet.

After a brief investigation, the English FA has found him guilty of racism and charged him with an unnamed fine and a six-match ban.

Bernando had compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos, a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.

According to the FA, Silva was alleged to have committed an "aggravated breach" of FA rules. Should he appeal the ban and fail, he would receive double the initial charges.

The FA charged Silva with misconduct on October 2 because his tweet included reference "expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin."