Benfica release statement defending Man City's Bernardo Silva after his FA Charge

Bernardo Silva's former club Benfica have defended him over his racism row

Bernardo Silva's former club Benfica have released a statement defending the Portuguese midfielder over his recent racism charge.

The Manchester City star was charged by the FA after Silva tweeted a picture likening teammate Benjamin Mendy to Spanish confectionery company Conguitos.

Pep Guardiola has defended his player on numerous occasions, while Mendy has reportedly written to the FA to contest the charge of misconduct against the Portuguese.

The 25-year-old has until October 9 to appeal the charge.

In their statement, Benfica wrote, per Manchester Evening News: "Bernardo Silva is a young man who always been distinguished for his simplicity, his character and his good upbringing.

Silva in action for Man City

"Wherever he goes, he is always missed and always ensures that the managers and team-mates who deal with him are unanimous in complimenting his happy and spontaneous nature. In Benfica, we are enormously proud of you, Bernardo!

"Turning a simple joke between two team-mates and friends into a tweet with racist intent and opening a misconduct charge demonstrates and signals a disease of our times."

Silva will be available for City's game against Wolves on Sunday, but he could face a six-game ban after if he is found guilty by the FA.

The City man deleted the tweet after 45 minutes, before commenting later on the social media platform that it was simply a "joke with a friend".

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