A Match Ban And Kshs 6.5 Million Fine For Man City’s Bernardo Silva Over ‘Racist’ Tweet

Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva [Photo/Courtesy]

Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first-team match and fined Kshs 6.5million for his tweet relating to team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos — a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.

The Portugal player, 25, must also complete a face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.

Silva deleted the post 46 minutes after he published it before tweeting: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”

There was no hearing after Silva admitted the charge, and acknowledged some people may be offended by the “historical connotations of the Conguitos character”.

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The report from the FA commission said: “The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist.

“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.”

Silva will be ineligible for City’s Premier League home match against Chelsea on Saturday.

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Written by Bonface Osano

Communication And Media Student. Sports Writer.


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