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.”