Benjamin Mendy ‘writes letter to FA to defend Man City team-mate Bernardo Silva as he insists he was not offended by controversial racist tweet’
Benjmain Mendy has insisted he was not offended by the controversial tweet from Bernardo Silva and has written to the FA defending his Manchester City team-mate.
City midfielder Silva sparked outrage on social media last week when he posted a childhood picture of Mendy comparing him to a black cartoon character with red lips who appears on the front of Conguitos chocolate bars in Spain.
Anti-racism campaigners accused Silva of promoting a racist stereotype, prompting the player to write a personal letter to the FA to explain his actions this week.
Benjamin Mendy has written to the FA in defence of Bernardo Silva over his ‘racist’ tweet
The Portuguese was slammed after comparing Mendy to a Spanish confectionery mascot
The FA have launched an investigation into the matter and can Silva for up to six matches if they find him guilty.
The Portuguese star apologised for the tweet in his letter and expressed regret for any offence that he unintentionally caused with the tweet.
Mendy has now also written to the FA in defence of his team-mate and told them he was not offended by Silva’s tweet, according to The Times.
The Frenchman knows Silva well and the two have been good friends since their days playing together at Monaco in 2016.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has again jumped to the defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva
The Portuguese midfielder faced angry backlash after posting this image on Twitter on Sunday
The Frenchman took it well but Silva has since faced accusations of racism over the picture
Silva went on to delete the Tweet before expressing his frustration with the angry response
The FA are also now reviewing a video from the summer of 2018 in which Silva asks Mendy why he is naked, when he is wearing a black t-shirt in the clip.
City boss Pep Guardiola also reiterated on Friday his support of Silva amid the midfielder being criticised for a racially insensitive tweet.
He said: ‘It was just a joke. Benjamin is like a brother to Bernardo, and Bernardo is like a brother to Benjamin. If the people believe that Bernardo is [racist] they are completely wrong. They judged one joke; I judge three years every single day with him and how he is.’
Guardiola confirmed that the club will help with the FA’s investigation.