Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined £50,000 (Sh7 million) for a tweet he posted comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy with a black cartoon character, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.
Silva was originally charged with misconduct by the FA in October after the Portuguese tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the brand mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos, with the caption "Guess who?", on September 22.
A statement from The FA regarding Silva's punishment said that they understood that Silva may not have been aware that the social media post could have been interpreted as racist.
As well as the one game ban, which will see the Portuguese midfielder miss the game against Chelsea after the global break, he's been fined £50,000 and will be made to complete a face-to-face educational course.
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In their statement, the FA confirmed that Silva was in breach of FA Rule E3 - an insulting or improper mention of race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.
Teammate Mendy has said he did not take offense at the tweet.
The FA did back up the players claim that it was a joke but went on to say the public nature of the platform it was shared on was an issue, saying, "The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist".
The Portugal forward, 25, must also complete a face-to-face education for his Tweet on 22 September, after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.
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The tweet was quickly deleted following immediate backlash, to which Silva responded, "Can't even joke with a friend these days".
Meanwhile, Manchester City are now occupying fourth position on the Premier League standings and they have lost three games this season.
The Premier League game Silva misses at Chelsea is on November 23, after the global break.
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