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Manchester City Boss Defends Silva Again

Pep Stands With Bernardo After ‘Racist’ Tweet

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended Bernardo Silva after the midfielder was banned for one match for his tweet to teammate Benjamin Mendy, meaning the 25 year old will miss Saturday’s match against Chelsea.

A Football Association commission accepted that Silva “did not intend the post to be racist, but many persons would have taken offence.”

But manager Pep Guardiola again defended the midfielder. “He has been accused of something he is not,” the boss said today. “He will be careful to use social media. If this can help to do a better society, OK. I am pretty sure Bernardo accept this punishment.

“But he is not like he has been accused. They don’t know him.”

Silva was also fined £50,000 for the tweet and ordered to complete an educational program, with the club stated they would not appeal the ban.