‘It’s happened a million times with white people’: Pep Guardiola defends Bernardo Silva’s ‘racist’ tweet to Benjamin Mendy AGAIN, even as it emerges midfielder also asked his team-mate why he was NAKED when he dressed in black
- Pep Guardiola has once again jumped to the defence of his player Bernardo Silva
- Silva was slammed after comparing Mendy to a Spanish confectionery mascot
- Guardiola was slammed for his first response but has now defended Silva again
- The FA should send him on an education course but could give a six-match ban
Pep Guardiola has again defended Bernardo Silva amid the midfielder being criticised for a racially insensitive tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
Silva was widely condemned after comparing Mendy to the mascot of Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos last weekend before deleting the post 45 minutes later.
Sportsmail understands the Portugal international expressed regret at any unintentional offence he may have caused.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has again jumped to the defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva
The Portuguese was slammed after comparing Mendy to a Spanish confectionery mascot
Mendy has sent a personal submission in support of Silva to the FA.
It is understood the FA are also investigating a video Silva published in 2018 during which he asked Mendy, dressed all in black, why he wasn’t wearing any clothes.
In the video, Silva says: ‘I’ve just seen a world cup champion completely naked. He has a backpack and he might have a watch but no clothes for sure. I’ll show you in a second…
‘Ben, why are you not wearing any clothes?’
If charged of discrimination, the FA would recommend a ban and an education course. On Friday, Guardiola vowed Silva learned his lesson in another impassioned defence.
‘People judging Bernardo don’t know him,’ the City boss said. ‘He is an exceptional personal. Exceptional. 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.
‘If people think it’s the opposite then Bernardo and City are open. Bernardo is maybe going to take a lesson and it won’t happen again.’
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
Guardiola insisted the tweet was a joke and reiterated that the governing body should look elsewhere.
‘Benjamin is like a brother to Bernardo,’ he added. ‘It is the same the other way. It is what I see every day in training. If they believe that Bernardo is this type of player they are completely wrong.
‘They judged one joke, I judge every day and how he is. If someone is affected or feel bad about that tweet or any comments, it can happen. He likes to be involved in different situations.’