Bernardo Silva potentially fourth player to miss Chelsea clash – FA break silence on charge

Bernardo Silva has finally been charged by the Football Association, following a social media post aimed at team mate Benjamin Mendy at the end of September.

The FA have broken their silence over the fate of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, banning the 25-year old for one competitive match, fining him £50,000 and arranging mandatory face-to-face education following his confessed breach of FA Rule E3.

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

The midfielder was found to have breached Rule E3(2) with a tweet directed at team mate Benjamin Mendy on 22nd September, in which he compared the left-back to a caricature from Spanish snack brand “Conguitos”.

The tweet was found to be insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.

Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva sits on the subs bench during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park. (LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Portuguese international will serve his ban for Saturday 23rd November visit of Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. Silva joins Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte on the sideline. Ederson and David Silva are both expected to return for the visit of the London side.

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