FA hands City’s Silva 1-game ban over Mendy tweet

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match and fined 50,000 pounds ($63,980) over a Twitter post concerning teammate Benjamin Mendy, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.
Silva (right) compared Mendy to a chocolate-covered peanut character
Silva (right) compared Mendy to a chocolate-covered peanut character
Portuguese Silva was criticised by anti-racism body Kick It Out after posting a message on September 22. In it, Mendy was compared to a chocolate-covered peanut character used in the logo for Conguitos, a confectionary brand popular in Spain and Portugal. Following the outrage, Silva deleted the tweet.

“Silva has been suspended for one first team competitive fixture, fined 50,000 pounds and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3,” the FA said in a statement. The governing body of English football added his social media activity had breached FA Rule E3(1) as it was “insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute”.

Premier League holder Manchester City, which is fourth with 25 points from 12 games and trails leader Liverpool by nine points, next hosts third-placed Chelsea on November 23. Silva will miss out on the duel, which is set to take place at the Etihad Stadium.

First El Clasico on Dec 18

The first El Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be held at the Camp Nou on December 18, La Liga confirmed on Wednesday. The clash was originally scheduled to take take place on October 26, but was postponed to a later date because of security concerns in Catalonia. Barcelona currently sits at the top of the La Liga table with 25 points from 12 fixtures, pipping second-placed Real Madrid only on goal difference.

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