Silva hit with an FA charge over tweet to Mendy
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over his social media post about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
The Portuguese tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos on September 22.
He deleted the post, which has now led to an FA charge.
A statement from the governing body yesterday morning read: "Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on September 22, 2019.
'It is alleged that the Manchester City player's activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
"It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an 'aggravated breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin. The midfielder has until October 9, 2019 to provide a response."
FA guidelines state that a breach of rule E3 on social media would not immediately mean a six-match ban, as a proven offence on the pitch would.
Instead, a regulatory commission will decide what sanction it deems appropriate.