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20:02  25 september  2019
20:02  25 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Bernardo Silva said his tweet to team-mate Benjamin Mendy was a "joke" but the Football Association is to investigate his post. Bernardo Silva tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside a dated image from Spanish confectionary 'Conguitos' that has been condemned for its racist connotations

Bernardo Silva in a blue shirt: Kick It Out said they were extremely disappointed with Bernardo Silva's tweet © Getty Kick It Out said they were extremely disappointed with Bernardo Silva's tweet

John Barnes has described the accusations of racism aimed at Bernardo Silva as "ridiculous" and says the Manchester City player has done nothing wrong.

Silva tweeted a photo on Sunday, which is believed to be Benjamin Mendy as a child alongside a picture of the logo of Spanish confectionery company Conguitos, with the caption "Guess who?"

The Football Association is investigating while Kick It Out says the tweet was discriminatory but Barnes disagrees.

Guardiola defends Silva over Mendy tweetKick It Out condemns Silva tweet

The former England and Liverpool star told Sky Sports News: "There's absolutely nothing wrong with it.

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  FA to investigate Bernardo Silva tweet Bernardo Silva said his tweet to team-mate Benjamin Mendy was a "joke" but the Football Association is to investigate his post.Bernardo Silva tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside a dated image from Spanish confectionary 'Conguitos' that has been condemned for its racist connotations, with the caption: "Guess who?"

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has not taken well to being slammed over an earlier tweet that he has since deleted. It is not altogether surprising that some people will have found this image offensive and a simple apology would probably have been the best response to calm things down.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva tweeted a photo on Sunday which featured teammate Benjamin Mendy alongside the Conguitos mascot saying "guess Manchester City star Bernardo Silva said you 'can't even joke with a friend' after being forced to delete a ' racist ' tweet about his black teammate.

(Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

"It's ridiculous. It's a cartoon, and in many respects I've seen it, and I think he looks like a young Mendy. I don't see what the issue is.

"This has got nothing to do with racism. They are friends. Regardless of whether it looks like Mendy or not, why is that offensive?

"Are Kick It Out and the FA wrong? Yes."

Barnes believes Silva would have a case to answer had he posted the Conguitos cartoon, where the character is an African tribesman, but not for the picture.

"Showing a caricature of a little black boy, and a real black boy, how is that racial stereotyping?" asked Barnes. "He did not show the cartoon, all he did was put up two pictures.

Benjamin Mendy holding a football ball: Benjamin Mendy and Silva Bernardo were team-mates at Monaco before both joined Manchester City © Getty Benjamin Mendy and Silva Bernardo were team-mates at Monaco before both joined Manchester City

"If he talked about the cartoon they [the FA and Kick It Out] can then say, 'yes that's discriminatory'. It's just a picture of two people and some may argue they look alike.

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Silva deleted the initial tweet on SundayCredit: Getty Images - Getty. Silva posted an image, thought to be of Mendy as a child, alongside the unflattering logo Captioned “Guess who?”, the tweet was later deleted amid questions over whether it was racist . The Portuguese midfielder drew further criticism

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva has been reported to the English Football Association (FA) for posting an alleged racist tweet , according to anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out.

"As friends they probably have banter like that.

"If they say why they think it is discriminatory, then maybe I will have a different opinion, but it cannot be discriminatory by just looking at those two pictures and saying it's racist."

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