Bernardo Silva hit with one-match ban for Mendy tweet

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined GBP50,000 for a tweet he posted comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy with a black cartoon character, the Football Association (FA) announced on Wednesday.

In September, Silva tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the character representing the Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos, before deleting it 46 minutes later. There was no hearing after Silva admitted the misconduct charge.

“The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist,” the FA Commission said.

“It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends. 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.”