Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva will miss the Citizen’s next match against Chelsea due to the joke tweet about Benjamin Mendy posted last September, according to a report from Calciomercato.com.

The 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder posted a picture of the French defender as a child alongside the mascot of the Spanish chocolate brand Conguitos, a move that was widely criticised and seen as racially insensitive. The English FA has decided to punish Silva, subjecting him to a one-game suspension and £50,000, as well as a period of compulsory teaching.

Silva deleted the post 46 minutes after he published it before tweeting: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”

The FA report said: “Many persons would have taken offence to the content.”

It added: “The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist. It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends.

“However, this was not a private communication between two friends.

“The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer.

“Many persons viewing the imagery depicted in the tweet would have taken offence to the content as being insulting by reference to race, colour and ethnic origin in a way that unquestionably brings the game of football into disrepute.”

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