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Silva is full of regret after Mendy tweet

 

Big fans: Bernardo Silva has been backed after his tweet
Big fans: Bernardo Silva has been backed after his tweet

By Andy Hampson

Bernardo Silva has written to the Football Association expressing regret at any unintentional offence his controversial tweet to Benjamin Mendy has caused.

Anti-discriminatory organisation Kick It Out this week called on the FA to take action after Manchester City playmaker Silva compared team-mate Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos chocolates.

Silva maintains the social media posting was intended as a joke but accepts it may have caused offence. The FA requested City's observations and the club have confirmed Silva has personally written to the governing body expressing regret. Mendy, who has said he was not offended by the post, has also written in support of his team-mate.

City manager Pep Guardiola, again asked about the issue ahead of today's game against Everton, said: "It was a simple joke but if someone is offended I can understand it. Bernardo is maybe going to take a lesson and it's not to happen again.

"People judging Bernardo don't know him. "He is an exceptional person. It was just a joke. It's a cartoon and the face is quite similar. The same happened a thousand million times with white people. It's the same."

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