Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva has been given a one-game ban and a £50,000 ($64,160) fine for a tweet aimed at team-mate Benjamin Mendy in September.
Silva tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside an old image from the Spanish company ‘Conguitos’ that has been criticized for racist undertook, with the caption: “Guess who?”
Mendy did not take offense, answering with laughing emojis, but others shortly pointed out the ethnical aspect of Silva’s remarks.
The former Benfica and Monaco midfielder deleted the entry soon after before commenting: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days…You guys…”
Pep Guardiola and several City players leaped to Silva’s defense, stating that the midfielder and Mendy are close friends while adding that the Portugal star is not racist.
He was charged by the FA for the post, and will now miss out on one match as a result of the social media post.