Shamed Man City star Bernardo Silva writes apology to FA over Benjamin Mendy tweet after being accused of racism


Bernardo Silva has written to the FA apologizing for any offense caused by his tweet about Benjamin Mendy.

Bernardo likened teammate Mendy as a child to a character on Conguitos chocolate wrappers.

It brought criticism on social media, condemnation from football’s anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out and the FA asked City for their observations with a possible ban hanging over the player.

But Bernardo has now written a personal letter explaining he meant no offense and has expressed regret at any offense his tweet unintentionally caused.

Mendy has also sent a statement of support for Bernardo to the FA.

Ahead of City’s early evening kick-off at Everton on Saturday, Guardiola said it would be wrong to judge Bernardo for what he refers to as “a joke”.

Guardiola said: “It was just a joke. Benjamin is like a brother to Bernardo. It is the same the other way. It is what I see every day in training.

“People judging Bernardo don’t know him. He is an exceptional person. Exceptional.

“Focus on other issues, not Bernardo. It was just a joke.

“The same happened a thousand times with white people. It was a cartoon.”

Pep added: “If someone is offended I can understand it. Bernardo is maybe going to take a lesson and it won’t happen again.”