The Portuguese midfielder posted a photograph believed to be Metropolis teammate Benjamin Mendy as a toddler, with the caption: “Guess who?” and a picture of the mascot for Spanish chocolate model Conguitos.
Bernardo, who has been closely criticized on social media, later deleted the tweet and posted one other saying: “Cannot even joke with a good friend lately… You guys…”
Ought to the FA resolve to take motion, Bernardo may face a nice or a ban. In July, the FA elevated its punishment for discriminatory habits to a minimal six-game ban for first-time offenders.
France’s Mendy replied to the tweet with a sequence of laughing emojis and clapping arms, with the caption: “1-Zero for you will notice.”
‘Important to problem’
“We’re extraordinarily dissatisfied to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva, which has since been deleted,” Kick it Out mentioned in a press release.
“Racist stereotypes are by no means acceptable as ‘banter,’ and we’re shocked that somebody who’s a job mannequin to hundreds of thousands has failed to grasp the discriminatory nature of his submit.
“The FA have been notified and we consider that retrospective motion must be taken, together with necessary schooling — which is important to problem offensive habits resembling this.”
In response to Kick It Out, experiences of discrimination rose by 32% in 2018/19 in comparison with the earlier season. Racism stays the most typical type of discrimination and has risen “alarmingly,” Kick It Out says, with experiences rising by 43%.
Bernardo has beforehand referenced Mandy’s pores and skin coloration in posts on social media. In an earlier video from his Instagram account, he will be heard asking why Mendy was bare when he was carrying a black T-shirt and shorts.