Bernardo Silva given more time to respond to FA charge over Mendy tweet

9 October 2019

Bernardo Silva has been given more time to respond to a Football Association misconduct charge related to a tweet he sent about Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

The deadline for a response was originally set for Wednesday, but the PA news agency understands that has now been extended to October 21 after an application to the chairman of the FA’s judicial panel.

Silva tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the brand mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos on September 22. The post was later deleted.

The FA said on October 2 when the charge was issued that in its view the post amounted to improper conduct which brought the game into disrepute. It was described as an ‘aggravated breach’ as it “included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin”.

FA guidelines state that a proven breach of rule E3 on social media would not immediately mean a six-match ban, as a proven offence on the pitch would.

Where the comments are “clearly pejorative and discriminatory”, match-based sanctions can be imposed.

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