FA could investigate Man City star Bernardo Silva’s tweet to teammate Benjamin Mendy
The Football Association (FA) are to look into a post sent from Portuguese midfielder’s Silva’s account earlier today.
The tweet featured a childhood picture of his Blues’ teammate, the Frenchman Benjamin Mendy, next to a character who is the brand logo of Spanish chocolate company, Conguitos.
The logo has previously drawn criticism in other countries for being racially insensitive.
The post above the images on Silva’s tweet said “Guess who?” in what it is believed was intended as a joke between the two friends.
Mendy himself didn’t seem to take offence replying to it with a number of a laughing and clapping emojis and the message “1-0. For you will see.”
However after a backlash on the social media site the tweet was deleted from fan favourite Silva’s account.
Silva, who bagged a hat-trick in yesterday’s 8-0 thumping of Watford, then said in another post: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys… “
However the FA confirmed this afternoon they were aware of the tweet and would be looking into it before deciding whether to take the matter further.
Mendy, who also featured in yesterday’s win over Watford, later posted a picture him and Silva together on his Instagram page with a blue love heart.
A City source said the pair were best mates, a friendship which spans back from before their time at the club, and the tweet was clearly an in-joke with absolutely no offence intended.
Bernardo Silva dedicated City’s stunning win at the Etihad on Saturday to the club’s fans after their reverse at Norwich a week earlier.
“We wanted to give our fans that after the defeat at Norwich – it was amazing the way they supported us after that defeat” he said.
“When you lose you always want a good response, especially for the fans who didn’t deserve that defeat.
“We have won 8-0 but other days I have lost 4-0 and 5-0 and I know how it is. It’s football – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you get big defeats. You keep going.