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Bernardo Silva given extension to answer FA charge

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ByEnis Koylu
09/10/2019 at 19:34 | Updated 09/10/2019 at 21:35

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has been given extra time to answer an FA misconduct charge after his tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

The Portuguese midfielder recently tweeted a picture of the left-back as a child, comparing him to the character from Spanish sweet brand Conguitos.

It was hastily deleted amid accusations of being racially inappropriate and the FA soon announced that it had launched a misconduct charge.

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Silva's response was initially due on Wednesday, October 9, but he has now been given until October 21 to make his case after making an application to the chairman of the judicial panel.

Many City figures have been steadfast in their defence of Silva, including manager Pep Guardiola, who highlighted the player's close friendship with Mendy, with whom he also played at Monaco before the duo both swapped the principality for Manchester.

He was also defended by Raheem Sterling, who himself has been a victim of racial abuse and has been vocal on the need to wipe it from the game.

Anti-racism charity Kick It Out, however, accused Silva of invoking a "racist stereotype".

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