The FA continue to make no further announcement on their case against Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, whom they charged with misconduct almost six weeks ago, report the Daily Star.
The Portuguese international posted a tweet comparing team mate Benjamin Mendy to a character from Spanish snack brand ‘Conguitos‘, with the likening of the left-back to the mascot roundly criticised as racist in the English media.
In their charge, the Football Association described the post as having ‘included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin‘ and that it was an ‘aggravated breach‘ of their rules.
The midfielder was initially given until October 9th to submit a response to the charge, which was extended on appeal until October 21st – on which date Bernardo Silva submitted his plea – but now, almost three weeks later, the FA are still yet to hear the case, and are yet to reveal whether or not a date has been set for the hearing.
Initial fears that Bernardo Silva’s actions may have led to a six-match ban are unfounded, due to the fact that the 25-year-old’s offence was committed on social media as opposed to on the pitch. Although, if it is judged that the comments are ‘clearly pejorative and discriminatory‘, he may still face a ban.
Silva, who won the Manchester City Player of the Year award last season and has registered five goals in eight starts in the Premier League so far this season, may have to wait a while longer to learn how grave of an impact his actions will have.
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