Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was charged with an offense by the English Football Association (FA) for tweeting on social media Twitter related to his teammate, Benjamin Mendy, last month.
Silva was criticized by anti-racism agency Kick It Out after posting a message on September 22 comparing Mendy with the character used in the logo for Conguitos, a popular snack brand in Spain and Portugal, before he removed it.
“Silva has been charged with a violation for violating FA E3 Rules,” the FA said in a statement on Wednesday (2/10/2019).
The FA gives the Portuguese player time until October 9 to respond. Silva may face a six-match ban if convicted.
“It is suspected that the City player’s activity violates FA E3 rules (1) for insulting and or inappropriate and or joking towards insults.”
“It was further suspected that the activity was an exacerbated offense because it included references, either express or implied, to race and/or skin color, and or ethnic origin.”
City coach Pep Guardiola said last month that the FA was wrong to punish Silva for the tweet.
“If they want to do that and ask Bernardo (Silva) for an explanation, he will be open to talking,” Guardiola said.
“The response from Mendy is clear. They joke around all the time,” Guardiola added.