One-Match ban: Pep defends Bernardo Silva
One-Match ban: Pep defends Bernardo Silva
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One-Match ban: Pep defends Bernardo Silva

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended Bernardo Silva after the player was slammed one-match ban for a tweet comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy to a black cartoon character.

The FA found Silva guilty of an aggravated breach of rules because his tweet included a reference "whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin".

The 25-year-old Portuguese will now miss City's clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

"In this situation, the less important thing is the fact that we are going to miss him. He has been accused of something he's not," said Guardiola.

"If they want to pick on someone to show something, it was the right person. He will be careful with social media from now on, but if this can help make a better society, I'm pretty sure Bernardo will accept this punishment.

"But he is not what he is accused of being."

City take on Chelsea at the Etihad, with the London club one point and one place above them in the Premier League table after City's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.

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