Silva was banned for one game and fined £50,000 by the FA last week for a tweet that compared teammate Benjamin Mendy with a Spanish cartoon character. The character, a mascot for the peanut brand Conguitos, is widely considered to be offensive as it perpetuates racist stereotypes about the appearance of black people.
Silva was apparently unaware of the connotations of the character, which is a fairly common sight in his home country of Portugal. His punishment has prompted the CDS-PP, or the People’s Party, to ask the Portuguese government to try and overrule the FA’s decision.
“It is important to separate what racism is from a joke between friends who esteem and respect each other“, said the document. “Something that did not happen to the athlete Bernardo Silva, of impeccable sports ethics, fair play recognised and praised by all coaches and players.”
However, the motion was eventually rejected on the basis that it proposed a “vote of solidarity“, which split the opinion of political parties in the country.
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