Sport Pep comments on Mendy under scrutiny
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?"
The FA are aware of Pep Guardiola's comments in defence of Bernardo Silva, where the Manchester City manager said that a young Benjamin Mendy looks like the mascot of a Spanish chocolate company, Sky Sports News understands.
At this stage it is not clear whether the FA plan any further action against Guardiola, or if his comments will be used in the case against Silva.
The Portugal international was charged with misconduct earlier on Wednesday for a tweet in which he compared his black teammate to the Conguitos - a Spanish confectionery brand - character.
The FA charge is detailed as insulting, improper and bringing the game into disrepute - it has also been classed as an "aggravated breach" meaning it is in the higher bracket of offence, because it refers to race or colour.
Barnes: Silva tweet was not racist
John Barnes says accusations of racism aimed at Bernardo Silva are "ridiculous" and insists 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.
The FA are looking into a separate video uploaded by Silva last year on Instagram, in which he asked Mendy, who was dressed all in black, why he was naked.
It is not clear whether that video forms part of the evidence to support Silva's FA charge, to which Silva has until October 9 to respond.
An independent disciplinary committee will decide if Silva is guilty, and to impose a suitable sanction if they do find him in breach.
But if media comments are considered to be "clearly pejorative and discriminatory", it's almost certain Silva will face a ban for several matches.
However, discrimination on social media does not lead to the six-match ban that such a on-field breach would automatically trigger.
Sterling defends Silva over Mendy controversy
Raheem Sterling has defended his Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva following accusations of racism.Portugal international Silva has faced a backlash this week after comparing a picture of City team-mate Benjamin Mendy as a child to the cartoon logo of Spanish confectionery company Conguitos.
Silva has yet to respond to the charge and no date has yet to be set for the committee to hear the case.
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