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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva has been charged by the Football Association after the Portuguese posted a controversial tweet involving team-mate Benjamin Mendy in September.

Silva tweeted a photo of Mendy as a child alongside a dated image from Spanish confectionary 'Conguitos' that has been condemned for its racist connotations, with the caption: "Guess who?"

Mendy did not appear to take offence, replying with laughing emojis and a message saying: "1-0 for you will see", but other Twitter users were quick to point out the racist implications of Silva's post.

The Portugal international deleted the entry before commenting: "Can't even joke with a friend these days…You guys…"

However, the FA looked into the post and the City midfielder has now been charged.

A statement on the English Football Association's official website reads: "Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 22 September 2019."

Should Silva accept the charge, he could face a ban and a fine, while a failed appeal could result in a longer suspension and a higher financial penalty.

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