The FA have written to Manchester City to ask them for their response to Bernardo Silva’s controversial tweet aimed at team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
Silva sparked controversy on Sunday by posting a photo of Mendy as a child next to an image of the black cartoon mascot for Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos with the message: ‘Guess who?’ And after coming in for plenty of criticism, the Portugal international then later tweeted: ‘Can’t even joke with a friend these days… you guys.’
But on Monday morning, Kick It Out heavily criticised the Portugal international following his tweet, urging the FA to take action against the City man. Their statement reads: ‘We’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post. ‘The FA have been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education.’
The national governing body have since decided to take a closer look at the issue before deciding whether to take any action. Silva scored the first hat-trick of his career in City’s 8-0 win over Watford. Mendy – his former Monaco team-mate – made his first start since April following knee surgery.