Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is at the centre of a racism row over a tweet sent to team-mate and close friend Benjamin Mendy.
The City star, who bagged a hat-trick in Saturday’s 8-0 thrashing of Watford, sent Mendy a tweet of the left back as a child, comparing him to a cartoon character on the packet of Conguitos - a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.
City have declined to comment so far, but the anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out said “We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’, and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.
“The FA has been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education - which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this.” The FA have confirmed they are looking into the matter and they have contacted City for their comments on the issue.
Silva’s post was published at 12:44 on Sunday but was deleted by 13:30, however it was enough time for Mendy to reply with laughing emojis with the comment ‘1-0 to you.’ Silva later tweeted “can’t even joke with a friend these days,” which prompted a furious backlash from social media users.
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