Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has again jumped to the defence Bernardo Silva against accusations of racism following a controversial tweet to club team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
Portugal international Silva, 25, posted pictures on social media on Sunday comparing Mendy, with whom he also played at Monaco, to the character on a packet of Conguitos chocolates.
The tweet from Silva to Mendy has caused a storm
Anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out has called on the Football Association to take action against Silva, referring to the contents of the post as a racist stereotype, while the governing body has written to City requesting their observations.
But Guardiola has once more stood up for his player, saying: “The people who judge Bernardo don’t know him. He is an exceptional person.”
In his press conference ahead of City’s clash at Everton on Saturday – a clash you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT from 5:30pm – Guardiola also spoke of what his players can expect from their trip to Goodison Park.
Here’s everything he had to say about all of that, plus more…
On Bernardo Silva’s tweet
“Bernardo, or anyone else in my squad, do this thing for a joke. Benjamin is like a brother to Bernardo, that is what I see every single day here.
“We spoke many times about what happened in stadiums, regarding Bernardo I was incredibly clear.
“If the people believe Bernardo is this type of person they are completely wrong. They judge one joke I judge three years with him.”
On the reaction to Bernardo Silva’s tweet
“If someone feels bad for that tweet it can happen, but the people who judge Bernardo don’t know him.
“He’s an exceptional person. He likes to be involved in different situations.
“It looked the same, it happens a thousand, million times with white people.”