Friday, 27 September 2019

Bernardo Silva apologizes for Mendy tweet

Bernardo Silva sorry for Mendy tweet

Bernardo Silva has sent a letter to England's Football Association to apologise for any offence caused by a controversial tweet comparing Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy with a black cartoon character.

Silva submitted the letter on Thursday after the FA had asked the club for their observations regarding the incident, and said he had learned a lesson.

The tweet in question compared a picture of a young Mendy with the cartoon character from the Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos.

City manager Pep Guardiola defended his player when he faced the media after Tuesday's League Cup game at Preston and reiterated that stance ahead of City's Premier League game at Everton on Saturday.

However, Guardiola has faced strong criticism for failing to condemn Silva's post.

Mendy and Silva have been teammates since 2016, having spent a year together at Monaco before they both moved to City the following year.

An Instagram video posted by Silva in 2018 has also attracted criticism for alleged racist undertones. In the video Silva asks Mendy, who is dressed in black, why he was not wearing any clothes.

The FA is studying the video in question as well as all his previous social media history before they reach their decision.

If the governing body does find the 25-year-old guilty of discriminatory behaviour, he could be suspended for six domestic matches.

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