Manchester City have been contacted by the Football Association to ask for their observations over a tweet sent by Bernardo Silva to team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
The tweet, sent by Silva on Sunday, comprised a picture of Mendy as a child alongside the logo for Spanish chocolate company Conguitos.
In response to the message from the Portuguese midfielder, Mendy, who also played alongside Silva at Monaco, replied with with a number of a laughing and clapping emojis and the message, ‘1-0 for you will see’.
Despite the City defender’s light-hearted response, others on social media were far from impressed and Silva soon deleted the tweet from his account.
Silva, who scored a hat-trick in City’s 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday, later sent out a message on Twitter reading: ‘Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys …’.
But anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has called for the FA to take action against the 25-year-old.
A statement released by them read: “We are extremely disappointed to see the tweet posted by Bernardo Silva, which has since been deleted.
“Racist stereotypes are never acceptable as ‘banter’, and we’re shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.
“The FA have been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education – which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this.”
The FA are now investigating the matter, with City asked for their response. Silva could face a fine and/or ban if found guilty of racism.
Racism in football has reared its ugly head this season, and the online abuse of players on social media is due to be discussed by clubs with Twitter.
In recent weeks, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Yakou Meite have all been targeted by online trolls.
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