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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association.
Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a brand readily available in Portugal and Spain.
The Portugal participant, 25, is said to have committed an”aggravated breach” of FA rules as it contained benchmark”expressed or implied, to race and/or color and/or ethnic origin”.
Silva has October to react.
The article was printed at 12:44 BST on 22 September but was deleted in the 13:30, though Silva afterwards tweeted:”can’t even joke with a friend these days.”
While Silva has written into the body to say he regrets the fact his social networking post may have caused threat, City was then contacted by the FA to their observations.
Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out criticised the post and encouraged the FA to act, including “racist stereotypes are never acceptable as’banter'”.
In an announcement on Wednesday, the FA said Silva’s activity is alleged to have been”insulting and/or improper and/or introduced the game into disrepute”.
Silva has been repeatedly defended by Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola, who said it’d be a”mistake” to punish his playmaker for its tweet.
England forwards Raheem Sterling supported Silva against accusations of racism, stating that it had been”a situation between two friends”.
Mendy was written saying he did not take offence.
France defender Mendy and Silva are friends and performed at Monaco before both combined City at 2017.
A video of Silva joking with Mendy has also been passed to the FA.
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