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It would be a”mistake” to penalize Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva for a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy, states manager Pep Guardiola.
After Mendy was contrasted to a character on a packet of Conguitos the Football Association wrote to City – a brand available in Spain and Portugal.
“There are lots of scenarios with white folks where a cartoon will appear comparable,” Guardiola explained. “The answer from Mendy was clear. They’re joking all of the time.”
The article was printed at 12:44 BST on Sunday but was deleted in 13:30, although Portugal international Bernardo afterwards tweeted:”can’t even joke with a friend nowadays.”
25, silva, played the whole 90 minutes of City’s 3-0 triumph at Preston at the Carabao Cup next round on Tuesday.
Guardiola stated:”Bernardo is one of the most beautiful people I’ve met in my entire life. He speaks five or four languages – that is the perfect method to understand how receptive he’s.
“One of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother. He took an image of Benjamin when he was young and connected it with this animation, quite similar for the image.”
“When they (the FA) wish to do this (speak to Silva), Bernardo will be open to speak. But first you have to know which person you are speaking about.
“If something happens it will be a mistake because Bernardo is an excellent individual. It is nothing to do with colour of skin or nationality.”
Anti-discrimination charity Kick Out has called on the FA to act following the governing body said it investigated.
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