Bernardo Silva, the Manchester City midfielder, has just became a controversy icon, as an ‘allegedly racist’ tweet has surfaced which targets his club teammate Benjamin Mendy, and the English football scene is fuming.
Silva recently posted on Twitter a childhood photo of the Citizen left back, comparing him with the mascot of ‘Conguitos’- a Spanish chocolate brand, along with the caption “Guess who?”
Although the French international has showed no signs of offense, and replying with “1-0 for you will see” and emoticons, the larger portion of social media believes there is a hidden racist abuse implied, even if Silva did it unintentionally.
The Portuguese attacking midfielder was prompt to delete the tweet, but it has resurfaced via @JacobSteinberg, a Football reporter for The Guardian. Check it out below-
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 22, 2019
The Football Association is currently scrutinizing the 25 year old’s post, who has faced huge slack from the fans around the globe, and tweeted a reply: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…”
If the FA doesn’t intend Silva’s tweet to be taken as a ‘joke’, the Portuguese international may face a ban extending up to six games.
Last Saturday, Silva secured a hat trick as Pep’s side went on a humiliation spree against Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, netting in a total of 8 goals with a clean sheet.